Monday, October 12, 2015

Out Of The Darkness Walk

Hello Loves,

This past weekend was our fall break. It was a great time off from school and work. I got to do a lot of work and relaxation that was, honestly, so needed. As a part of break I participated in the Out Of The Darkness Walk on campus. It was a community walk so the entire community got together to walk in honor of people we have lost to suicide and to bring awareness to this important topic. We were lucky enough to participate with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in the amazing opening ceremonies and then walking to show how important and necessary suicide research is.

Everyone gets different colored beads that stand for different things. The blue ones are for awareness. Teal was in honor of a family member or friend that attempted. Other colors honored different people and relationships. It was so sad to see how many different people had so many different colored beads! I think it is a great idea to have the beads because it helps lend each other support.

Opening ceremonies included many different people speaking about suicide and research into mental health. Butterflies were then released by a local girls scout troop. Butterflies have a lot of symbolism for people fighting mental health stigmas. It was a beautiful sight to see them all lead the way.

Out of the Darkness Walks are truly amazing. I am so glad I was able to participate again this year. One year I would like to participate in the overnight walk.. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is an amazing organization that has done so much to help with suicide prevention and suicide research. It really is all about awareness!! We really need to do something to stop allowing our friends and family members to die to suicide. This is one of the leading causes of death that is not going down unlike the other leading causes of death. We need to get together to stop this!

"Because I met you, I've been changed for good"