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Out of the Darkness Walk- 16 September 2017
By Emma Sidel/ Editor-in-Chief
Grieving. Devastation. Support. The Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, September 16, 2017 displayed the most overwhelming support of so many people I have ever felt. Everyone was at Liberty Park for the same reason, to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Every person I spoke to was so kind and considerate, and every person I saw was there to support.
I walked through the dewy grass alone on that Saturday morning; however, I knew I wasn’t alone. There were hundreds of people at this walk, all with one common cause in mind-- to end suicide. The shirts that the walkers wore nearly brought me to tears. I saw floods of clothing that said “Team Oliver” and “Don’t let another light go out”. Worn on the backs of shirts by loved ones were the images of people who had taken their lives. It was gut-wrenching to see so many people who had taken their lives and how it has affected their families.
Although suicide can be difficult to talk about, it is indispensable to discuss. A person is more likely to commit suicide if they have depression or another mental illness. According to Glenn W. McGee from Education Digest, “approximately 25% of students ha[ve] significant mental health concerns.” If left untreated, mental health issues can lead to consequences far worse than feeling sad.
According to Stephen Bates from the Wilson Quarterly, “Utah leads the nation in suicidal thoughts”. With this information, many groups throughout Utah know that it is time to act. This is where Out of the Darkness comes into the light. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) puts together an annual walk to raise money for suicide prevention by implementing programs for suicide prevention in high schools like “More than Sad”, funding scientific research for suicide prevention and educating the public. To learn more about AFSP, click here.
This walk was a heartwarming experience-- especially because I have lost a family member to suicide. It is devastating to lose someone that you loved so dearly, so being around others coming together to honor and remember was refreshing. If you are considering self-harm or suicide, please remember that there are people here to help you. You can anonymously talk to someone the SafeUT app, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, or text NAMI to 714-714 to speak with a trained crisis counselor. For more information on other crisis resources, visit https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-HelpLine.aspx. You can also visit https://afsp.org/find-support/.
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