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Psychology Club Hosts Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide
A life is lost to suicide every 15 minutes in the United States. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds and the second leading cause of death among college students. Startling statistics like these from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) are why the Mars Hill College Psychology Club will be hosting an “Out of the Darkness” Campus Walk benefitting the organization on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Carrier Park in Asheville, beginning at 11 am.
According to Leah Taylor, vice president of the MHC Psychology Club, the event will not only raise money for suicide prevention, but it will also show support to families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide. “Our purpose in hosting the ‘Out of the Darkness’ walk is to bring suicide and mental illness out of the darkness. It’s only in the light that there can be healing,” Taylor said. “These are things that people don’t like to talk about but they are growing social issues.”
Participants are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones lost to suicide for a brief memorial that will be part of the “Out of the Darkness” walk.
Tackling social ills like suicide is consistent with the purposes of the Psychology Club at Mars Hill College, Taylor said. Although Mars Hill is hosting the event, similar clubs at colleges throughout the region have been contacted to participate. For students without cars, a shuttle bus will bring students and other participants from Mars Hill to the event. According to Taylor, even though the “Out of the Darkness Walk” is planned by and for college students, concerned people of all ages are welcome to participate.
“It’s free to sign up and everyone is encouraged to either donate to walkers, or to walk themselves,” Taylor said. Donations can be made during the walk, to a participant, or online at www.campuswalks.org.