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Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

April 9

The Out of the Darkness campus walks are the signature events of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Because suicide is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15-34 in the United States, these walks are designed to engage young adults in suicide prevention and reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness. You can find UNC’s walk page here or here afsp.org/UNC as well as further instructions about registering, fundraising, and promoting the walk through social media.

Who is AFSP?: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to suicide research and prevention efforts. It was founded in 1987 by families and researchers and was the first organization dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Each year, schools across the nation join together to host Out of the Darkness Campus Walks that allow students and other community members to memorialize those lost to suicide as well as to honor those who have been affected by suicide. The funds raised help bring suicide prevention and mental health educational programs directly to the campus and community, while also funding important research, advocacy, and support for all at a national level.

The walks are not just for loss survivors but also researchers, mental health professionals, community members and anyone passionate about suicide prevention. It is the hope of the planning committee that our campus walk provides a safe and supportive space to remember those students lost to suicide this academic year and bring comfort and solidarity to all those affected by suicide.

Questions? Contact UNC Out of the Darkness Walk Co-Chair, Rachel Warner at warnerr@live.unc.edu