Riverfront Park hosting suicide prevention and awareness walk

Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 6:44 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2021 at 8:51 AM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Volunteers will gather in North Charleston on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

The “Out of the Darkness” walk is an annual event to support education and support programs from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The organization says its goal is to reduce the annual suicide rate by 20 percent in the United States 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,” AFSP South Carolina Chapter Board Member and Walk Chair Regina Creech said.

This year’s event is being held Sunday at Riverfront Park in North Charleston and is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

These walks are held across the country each year.

“These walks are about turning hope into action,” AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia said. “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.”

According to organizers, last year’s walk raised 21 million dollars for suicide prevention

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