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Out-Of-The-Darkness 5K Walk to Save Lives

Event held on Saturday, March 9, at Solano College, will raise money for suicide prevention, mental health, and community program resources

FAIRFIELD – Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) and Solano Community College (SCC) will co-host the Inaugural Out-of-the-Darkness Campus Walk at Solano Community College in Fairfield, CA, on Saturday, March 9. The 5K walk will raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, advocate for mental health issues, and assist survivors of suicide loss. One of the goals of the Solano County Office of Education is to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Solano schools and communities through SCOE’s Transition Age Youth Program.

Check-in time for the Out-of-the-Darkness Campus Walk is at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9. The walk and program are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Refreshments, music, and fun activities will be provided! Register early and online at Teams with 10 or more members that register by Friday, February 1, can have their team name printed on the event t-shirts. Online registration period ends Friday, March 8, at 3:00 p.m. Participants can also register at the event. The donation period ends Monday, July 1.

The Out-of-the-Darkness Walk will help benefit the community with AFSP donating back 50% of the proceeds for use by local programs. Event organizers plan to have a program and scaffolding of support resources in each Solano County high school and on the SCC campus after the walk.

The first Out-of-the-Darkness Campus Walk is sponsored by Solano Community College, Solano County Office of Education, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, NorthBay HealthCare, Efrain Anthony Marrero Foundation, Aldea Children and Family Services, 211, and the Alex Project.

In the United States, a person dies by suicide nearly every 14 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, and the third for youth ages 15-24, with adolescent depression – undiagnosed, untreated, or both - as the number one cause.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the largest non-profit organization that addresses suicide prevention. AFSP is almost entirely volunteer-driven, with nearly 85.5 cents of every dollar donated going directly to research, education, advocacy programs, and survivor services. These programs are invaluable tools in helping people recover from the effects of mental illness and suicide loss. This year the AFSP provided a video series, More Than Sad, to students and staff of each high school in the county. The goal of the video series is to educate teens about depression, teach how to recognize the symptoms of depression in themselves and others, encourage open discussions about mental illness, and remove the stigma that often keeps people from seeking help.


Posted on January 22, 2013