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Community walk in downtown Indianapolis aims to heighten awareness about suicide

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will host the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. With September being national suicide prevention awareness month, the walk is a voyage of remembrance, hope, love, and support for those impacted by suicide.

AFSP is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to preventing suicide. AFSP engages in research, education, and advocacy to raise awareness about the issue and to prevent it from happening. AFSP also provides support to those affected by suicide.

The Out of the Darkness Indianapolis Walk is a day to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide, to celebrate the strength of those who have been affected, and to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.

Participants can check in for the walk as early as 12:30 p.m. Registration is open now and can be done online here.

All proceeds from the walk will benefit AFSP’s programs and services, which help to prevent suicide and support those affected by it.

In addition to the community walk, there will also be several other activations taking place at Military Park on Sept. 9.

A resource fair with information and support services from local organizations. There will also be a survivor’s tent where people can share their stories and connect with others who have been affected by suicide. A music stage with live performances and a children’s area with games and entertainment.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is powered by community partners and volunteers. For people interested in volunteering with AFSP, click here.

Tamara Lundy, chairperson for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, shared their excitement for the upcoming event.

“Our volunteers are excited to have more space to welcome more Hoosiers to come together to fight suicide,” Lundy said via the foundation’s website.

Earlier this year, 988 became as the national three-digit dialing code for reaching The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, formally known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Those who are in need of assistance can contact 988 via phone at anytime.

For more information about AFSP, please visit afsp.org.

For story inquiries, contact multi-media staff writer Noral Parham III at 317-762-7846 or via email at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @NoralParham. For more local news by Noral, click here.

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