Community walk brings suicide out of the darkness

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Building a world without suicide is the overall ideal of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  The organization offers education to foster understanding, research, advocacy and a community of support to anyone who is struggling with loss from or thoughts of suicide.  National statistics estimate 38,200 suicide deaths per year. 2010 Indiana totals show that 864 Hoosiers died as a result of suicide.  Depression which is a treatable illness is the leading cause for suicide.

On September 6, the Indiana chapter will hold a walk at Headwaters Park West.  It’s called Out of the Darkness which reflects that awareness and understanding is a part of saving lives.  Registration is available online.  Options are offered to create a team, walk as an individual, be a virtual walker, and to volunteer.  The 2014 goal is to see 450 participants and to raise $15,000.  One the day of the walk check-in will begin at 10a.m. and the walk will start at 11a.m.

For more information visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website or call the walk coordinator at 260-450-5219.  For help in a crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).