Out of the Darkness

Take a walk this weekend and raise money for suicide prevention…

Out of the Darkness is an annual fundraising and awareness-raising walk put on around the country by local branches of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The Ithaca walk is Saturday, September 17, from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Cass Park in Ithaca, and walkers proceed along the scenic Cayuga Waterfront Trail.

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The Ithaca folks are well short of their $42,000 goal, so they need many more walkers-fundraisers. As of Monday they reported that 127 walkers have signed up with pledges of $5,206.00 Click here for details on how to get involved.

You can also make a donation online, either through a walk participant or directly to the AFSP.

From the Ithaca walk’s website:

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

AFSP’s mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Its five core strategies include funding scientific research; offering educational programs for professionals; educating the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention; promoting policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention; providing programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk.

Learn more about the work of the AFSP.