Central Piedmont Out of the Darkness Community Walk set for Saturday

Posted at 4:52 PM on Oct 1, 2019

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Iredell County residents will join an estimated 250,000 people who are walking in towns across the United States this month to draw attention to the fight for suicide prevention.

The annual Central Piedmont Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be held in the Statesville High School Stadium at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 5. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

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,” Susan Tolle and Debbie Howell, co-chairs for the local event, said in a news release.

The Central Piedmont Out of the Darkness 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. The local walk raised nearly $32,000 and had over 200 participants.

“These walks are about turning hope into action,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “The research has shown us how to fight suicide, and if we keep up the fight, the science is only going to get better and our culture will get smarter about mental health. With the efforts of our courageous volunteers, and a real investment from our nation’s leaders, we hope to significantly reduce the suicide rate in the United States.”

Local sponsors for the Local Sponsors include Iredell Health System, Davis Regional Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Purple Heart Homes, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Mooresville Graded Schools, Children’s Hope Alliance, Randy Marion Automotive Group, and World of Windows.

Those interested in walking or donating should visit AFSP.org/centralpiedmont.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide.

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