I just heard about the Out of the Darkness Walk last week on the radio and was quick to pickup the phone. I wanted to learn more and get involved. Out of the Darkness Overnight is a 16-18 mile fundraising walk from dusk until dawn, where the community brings awareness to depression and suicide. This is the 12th year of the overnight organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a national not-for-profit organization, and walkers raise awareness and funds for research, advocacy, and prevention. Walkers range from teenagers to grandparents. Some are survivors of suicide loss, others battle with suicide, depression, and other mental illnesses and others are supporters of the cause.
Participating in the event as a crew member this year is important to me. Did you know that every 14 minutes someone in the U.S. loses a life to suicide? I didn’t know this until I read this on their website. I hope that some of you will join The Overnight here in Philadelphia June 28-29, 2014 to bring the issues into the spotlight and support the work of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help people and save lives. For those who are unable to join, you may also consider a donation. Please feel free to contact me or The Overnight with questions.