Heartland Sponsors 2nd Annual "Out of the Darkness Walk"


Published on October 4 2012 3:00 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Heartland Human Services, an Effingham-based behavioral health center, is sponsoring the 2nd Annual “Out of the Darkness Walk” to be held on Saturday, October 27th at Community Park in Effingham.

The event is being held in cooperation with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. AFSP funds research aimed at improving our understanding of suicide and ways to prevent it as well as educational programs to increase awareness about prevention, warning signs, and the psychiatric illnesses that can lead to suicide.

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65 and the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults.

“The Walk is an opportunity for family members and friends to gather and remember and heal,” states Ula Hynds, walk coordinator at Heartland. “Last year we had a great turnout with over 150 walkers. We hope to have more this year. We encourage groups to take advantage of this reflective opportunity. Last year we had several groups wearing custom t-shirts that memorialized their loved one. ”

Check-in for The Walk will begin at 9:00AM on October 27th at the Blue Pavilion located at Community Park. The Walk will commence at 10:00AM.

To register to walk or to make a donation visit www.OutOfTheDarkness.org . Or, call 217-347-7179 extension 1039 for more information.