Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in this country and seventh in Colorado. We lose one person every 8 hours to suicide here in Colorado. It touches millions of lives—people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds—but the research is clear: suicide is preventable, and the more people who stand up for suicide prevention and mental health, the more lives we can save.
More than 3,500 people from the Denver Metro area are expected to participate in the 4th Annual Denver Metro Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide (AFSP) Colorado Chapter at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 22nd at Coors Field. Funds raised support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025 through research, education, advocacy, and support. The AFSP has hosted walks in Colorado since 2008.
“We walk to raise awareness about this important health issue. Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by walking we save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Brittany Frisbie, Chair of the AFSP Colorado Chapter.
The Denver Metro Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 400 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this year. The walks are expected to unite more than 250,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. Last year, the Denver Metro Out of the Darkness Walk raised over $250,000 and had over 3,000 participants.
These walks are truly uplifting experiences, and they grow every year. We welcome any pre-event coverage you’re willing to provide to help raise awareness for this important cause. Hope to see you there!
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