Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide can be prevented. Volunteers from Buncombe, Haywood, and Henderson counties are joining the quarter of a million people who are walking in towns across the United States to draw attention to the fight for suicide prevention.
The annual Asheville/ Western North Carolina Out of the Darkness CommunityWalk, hosted by the Asheville / WNC Chapter will be held at 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Carrier Park off Amboy Road in Asheville.
This walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education and support programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual U.S. rate of suicide 20 percent by the year 2025.
“Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by walking we will draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a suicide loss. Our ultimate goal is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Nicole Gonnelli Rikard, AFSP Asheville – WNC Walk Chair.
The Asheville – Western North Carolina Out of the Darkness Community Walk is one of more than 550 Out of the Darkness Overnight, Community and Campus Walks being held nationwide this year.
The walks are expected to unite more than 300,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. Last year, these walks raised over $21 million for suicide prevention. Last year this local walk, raised over $33,000.00 and had 220 participants.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. To register for the walk, visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=5662.