Out of the Darkness Walk scheduled for this Saturday

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 4:32 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 9/21/20 4:30 P.M.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - The annual “Out of the Darkness Walk” that raises awareness for suicide prevention, will be held this Saturday at Parkersburg City Park from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The walk is for individuals who have been affected by suicide, whether it be a loved one or something they’ve personally battled before.

Event organizers say that now is an important time to show support with the pandemic impacting so many individuals' mental health.

Mental health and depression are on the rise with the pandemic and we were hoping to bring support and solace to those that need us the most. Whether they’re suffering mentally themselves or if they’ve suffered a loss to suicide. And this walk is something that they look forward to to bond with others who experienced the same loss.

Dr. Heather McCarter, Out of the Darkness Walk Co-Chairperson

Those who attend the event will be given different colored beads to reflect their decision to walk for suicide prevention.

For more information on the event and how to register, you can go to the website by clicking here.

ORIGINAL STORY: 9/21/20 1:30 P.M.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, West Virginia will hold its Out of Darkness walk on Saturday, September 26 from 12:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at City Park.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a number of adjustments made to help ensure the safety of participants.

Funds raised by the walk will go toward raising awareness of suicide prevention, educating the community, and supporting both those with lived experience and family members who have lost loved ones.

Those interested in registering can do so on the organization’s website. For additional information, those interested can call 304-482-3035.

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