Suicide Prevention Walk Raises Thousands of Dollars

Suicide Prevention Walk Raises Thousands of Dollars

More than 400 people walked through Hagerstown Saturday to spread awareness about suicide prevention.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - More than 400 people walked through Hagerstown Saturday to spread awareness about suicide prevention.

The event, called the 'Out of the Darkness Walk,' raised more than $35,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


This walk in
Hagerstown was part of a national effort to support suicide prevention research and education.

"We need to advocate, we need to raise much needed funds for research, education, advocacy, programs for survivors." said event organizer Julie Matheny.


The founders of the local walk say it's also a way to help get rid of the stigma attached to mental illness.

"People are afraid to talk about it,” said Matheny. “That guilt and shame that comes with it and again just that stigma. It's aptly named 'Out of the Darkness.' The awareness needs to be there and it needs to be brought out of the darkness."

Organizers say the turnout far exceeded their expectations, and they hope to hold the event in Hagerstown every year.
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