A life is lost to suicide every 12.8 minutes in the United States. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among fifteen to twenty-four-year old’s and the second leading cause of death among college students. In Indiana suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and we are 2nd in the nation for ages 10-34. However, most Americans remain unaware that suicide is a national health problem. The impact suicide has on the lives of family members, friends, co-workers and the community is devastating. The loss of human potential is enormous, and it is preventable.
On September 8, 2018, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will host the Anderson Out of the Darkness Community Walk at the Anderson Speedway.
A major goal of this event is to show support for the families and friends of the more than 41,000 Americans who die by suicide, and the 20 million people who suffer from depression, each year. Indiana lost 1,034 lives to suicide in 2016. Support of the community walks also helps to raise funds for suicide prevention research and educational programs, erase the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes, and encourage those who are suffering from mental illness to see treatment.
On-line registration is now available at www.outofthedarkness.org. You may register individually or as part of a team. Please consider inviting your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to walk with you or to support your walk.