Walkers Take to the Streets to Fight Suicide Nov. 4

More than 1,000 people from throughout Pasadena and its environs are expected to participate in the Pasadena Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 9 a.m., Nov. 4, at Central Park. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide by 20% by 2025.
“Suicide affects one in five American families. I am walking to bring awareness to this leading cause of death and let people in the community know that they are not alone. There is help out there for those who live with a mental health condition and support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide,” said Donna Stokley, AFSP Greater Los Angeles Chapter Board Member.
The Pasadena Walk is part of a national Out of the Darkness walk movement, consisting of community walks, campus walks and two overnight walks each year. In 2016, AFSP hosted more than 500 Out of the Darkness Walks spanning all 50 states, uniting more than 240,000 walkers and raising millions for suicide prevention research, education and advocacy.
Proceeds from the walks support programs such as Talk Saves Lives, an educational presentation on how to recognize the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, and a new film titled “It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health” that launched this spring. Through fundraising at the walks and other community and national events, AFSP has been able to fund 552 research grants totaling more than $34 million since 1987.
“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.”
To register for the Pasadena walk, visit afsp.org/Pasadena.

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