Walkers take to the streets to fight suicide

Hundreds of walks being held nationwide through December 2018

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. Hundreds of people throughout Oakland and Macomb Counties are expected to participate in the annual Oakland/Rochester/Macomb Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by AFSP’s Michigan Chapter at 11:00 a.m., October 13 at Stony Creek Eastwood Beach. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.
“We walk to raise awareness about this important health issue. Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by walking we save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Steve Windom, Area Director for Michigan.

The Oakland/Rochester/Macomb Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 375 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this year. The walks are expected to unite more than 250,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. With this walk last year, the Oakland/Rochester/Macomb walk raised over $50, 000 and had over 500 participants.

Featured speaker at the Shelby Township Out of the Darkness Walk will include State Representative Pete Lucido. Sponsors include Beaumont Hospital, Magna International, Meijer, Suburban Ford, and Brighton Labs.

“These walks are about turning hope into action,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “Suicide is a serious problem, but it’s a problem we can solve. The research has shown us how to fight suicide, and if we keep up the fight the science is only going to get better, our culture will get smarter about mental health, and we’ll be able to save more people from dying from depression and other mental health conditions.”  For more information and to register visit afsp.org/rochestermi.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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