On Nov. 9, a group of family and friends of suicide victims walked in memory of their loved ones and friends who died due to suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has heldOut of the Darkness Community Walks since 2004. The money raised at these walks help with vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives. The walks also raise awareness about depression and suicide and provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide.
Suicide claims more than 38,000 lives each year in the United States alone with someone dying by suicide every 13.7 minutes. The community walks also help survivors know that they are not alone in their grief.
Knightdale’s inaugural Out of the Darkness Community Walk was held at the new Knightdale Station Park, where participants walked along a paved trail around the park for about 3 miles. There was a total of 86 participants and three groups that walked in memory of their loved ones. Those groups were The Danny O’Neal Team, Walk for Walker and Colton’s Crew. Some participants came just because they support the cause. There were memory beads and a memory tree to write a note to their loved ones.
The walk raised $4,590 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, with help from several local corporate sponsors.
For more information about American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or to make a donation to this cause visit www.outofthedarkness.org or www.afsp.org.