More than $20k raised in suicide prevention walk

Tonya Norton speaks to AFSP walkers about her experience with several people who have died from suicide in her life.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosted a walk Saturday to raise awareness about depression and suicide.

With the help of 380 walkers, ‘Out of Darkness Walk’ raised $20,327 for AFSP, according to Fort Wayne Out of Darkness Walk Chair, Stephanie Bodie. Indiana statistics for 2010 showed that 864 Hoosiers died by suicide, which is more than double the number of homicides.

Bodie called the walk a huge success.

“It’s the most walkers and the most money the organization has raised,” Bodie said.

There were also speakers who have a personal connection to suicide. One of the speakers, Tonya Norton, said she was grateful to see so many people at the walk. “People aren’t comfortable talking about suicide, and so to see so many people gathered together… it’s a wonderful thing.”

The AFSP provides a national hotline to help anyone who is in crisis. The hotline has trained members who are willing to talk to anyone about thoughts of suicide. The number for the hotline is 1-800-237 TALK (8255).

AFSP’s goal was to raise $15,000 from the walk. If anyone would like to donate money to the organization, click here

Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years old in the United States.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a 501 (c)(3) Charity, registered with the IRS as tax exempt.  It is categorized as Mental Health, Medical Research and Crisis Intervention.  It is listed as a Silver-level GuideStar Exchange participant, providing broad information about its programs, impact, finances, and people.


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