Walk aimed at reducing suicide rates

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosted a walk in Fort Wayne Sunday to raise suicide awareness.

People gathered at Headwaters Park to share stories about the effects of suicide.

The “Out of the Darkness Walk” is a national event, hosted in different cities across the country that aims to raise awareness and funds to invest in new research, create educational programs, and advocate for public policy. The event began with a presentation from people affected by suicide.

AFSP is a national, non-profit organization that aims to prevent suicide and aid those who have lost someone to suicide. AFSP’s current goal is to reduce the rate of suicide by 20% by 2025. Each year, 42,773 Americans die by suicide, and it is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. On average, there are 117 deaths from suicide per day, according to statistics from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2014.”

Donations for the “Out of the Darkness Walk” can be made until December 31.

The annual walk in Fort Wayne attracted about 1,000 people Sunday. The event raised more than $44,000.

For more information, visit AFSP, or call Stephanie Bodie and/or Tonya Norton at 260-450-5219, or email at fortwayneootd@gmail.com.

If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts or needs help coping, call the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.