Out of the Darkness walk concludes Suicide Prevention Week

Head downtown Saturday to join in on an important cause.

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week.

According to psychcentral.com, suicide is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. for young people between the ages or 10 and 24 years.

The National Institute of Mental Health believes that there may be as many as 25 attempted suicides for every teen who dies by suicide. The frightening part is that attempting suicide is one of the strongest predictors of a completed suicide.

To conclude National Suicide Week, the American Foundatiopn for Suicide Prevention will sponsor an Out of Darkness walk Saturday at 2:30 p.m. beginning at White River State Park.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are 3-5 mile walks taking place in hundreds of communities across the country this year, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you will be walking with thousands of other walkers nationwide to raise money for AFSP’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. In deciding to walk you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority.

Onsite registration begins at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2119.