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Annual Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness Walk held virtually

The number of deaths by suicide is on the rise during COVID-19. Local advocacy groups are...
The number of deaths by suicide is on the rise during COVID-19. Local advocacy groups are hosting suicide prevention awareness walks to let others know they are not alone.
Published: Nov. 8, 2020 at 4:01 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted thousands of events and activities, including those that put a spotlight on worthy causes.

However, the pandemic did not stop the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as local organizers, from holding the annual Out of Darkness Community Walk.

The walk looked at little bit different this year because it was held virtually. The recorded steaming video event featured mental health professionals offering help to those who suffer from suicide thoughts.

There were also people telling their own personal struggles or the affects of losing someone to suicide.

Locally, more than 4000 dollars was raised for suicide prevention. And nearly 60 people participated.

Local Out of Darkness Dothan Experience Chair Roxane Fuentes says donations will be accepted for the AFSP through December 31st.

If you’re interested in helping their efforts with suicide prevention, you can donate here.

Participants could post videos and pictures of their participation to social media and tag AFSP, as well as use the hashtag #OutoftheDarkness

The mission of the walk is to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The AFSP also works to educate communities and offer support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience.

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