Out of Darkness Walk is Next Weekend

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Hosted by the American Society for Suicide Prevention, the Out of Darkness Walks raise awareness for suicide prevention and provides resources to counter suicide.

The walks happen in 360 cities nationwide. At Georgia Southern, the walk will take place at 10 a.m., April 23, at the Russell Union Rotunda. Registration will begin promptly at 9 a.m. This will be the 4th annual walk at Georgia Southern. University of Georgia-Athens and River Ridge High School will host the other two campus walks in the state of Georgia.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for persons age 18-24. Suicide prevention receives the least funding even though it claims more lives than the combined total of war, murder, and natural disasters. The American Society for Suicide Prevention hopes to reduce the suicide rate by 20% by the year 2025. These walks are stepping stones for that goal.

Volunteer opportunities are available for the walk on campus. Online registration for the event closes the day before. For more information about suicide and suicide prevention, visit asp.org.