Out of the Darkness walk April 30
The 2016 Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on the RCTC campus will take place on Saturday, April 30, to raise awareness and money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
The goal of the campus walk is to help bring awareness to suicide and mental illness as well as set an example for other college campuses to participate.
This is the second year? RCTC is hosting the campus walk, and there are several people on campus who are involved, including staffmembers Cara Fox and Katie Swegarden, who are co-chairs of the walk. They are hopeful that more people willing to talk about mental illness will normalize it.
Experts in suicide prevention say we’re at a tipping point it’s a time when cultural norms can be shaped and changed. The stigma and discrimination around mental illnesses need to be addressed so people who are suffering can start to heal,” said Fox.
She also added that social media can have a big role in sending positive messages. “People who are willing to speak openly about their mental health and getting help really send a positive message, said Fox.
Registration is currently open for the walk at www.afsp.donordrive.com. If you would rather donate and not walk, you can donate at the registration site as well.
Registration that morning is from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Field House. The will be short presentations starting around 10 a.m. followed by a Color Guard presentation. The walk is slated to start at 10:30 a.m.
The AFSP site has several resources for those who’ve lost loved ones, are thinking about suicide, or who are concerned about someone. If you or a loved one need some help, please visit their site for more information.
For more information on Out of the Darkness walks and how to help, please visit afsp.org.