Suicide prevention walk planned for Sunday
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's "Out of the Darkness" Walk will take place in Columbia Sunday at Stephens Lake Park.
Chairperson Beth Hendren stopped by the KRCG 13 studio to talk about the event, and about suicide prevention in general.
"It's all about removing stigma," she said. "We have to be able to talk about mental health, or it's never going to get better."
Hendren said a number of issues can be tied to suicide, from depression, to substance abuse, to bullying. "Just consider for example bullying at schools or cyber bullying," she said. "When those things happen, the person who's bullied is not going to feel better unless they talk about it, and the bully is not going to stop unless it's talked about. "
She said the goal of the "Out of the Darkness" Walk is to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention, and bring the issue of mental health "out of the dark" and into the light.
You can register for the walk here until Friday at 12 p.m., or you can register Sunday at Stephens Lake Park beginning at 12 p.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., and the walk will begin at 2:30 p.m. It will be an approximately 5 kilometer (just over 3 mile) walk.
Hendren said the event will also include a memorial wall, inspirational chalk writing, food trucks, a bounce house, and an inflatable obstacle course.