‘Out of Darkness Walk’ to raise funds, awareness for suicide prevention

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- According to the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition, there is a suicide in Utah every 16 hours.

Chances are you, or someone you know has struggled with suicidal thoughts. It’s more common than most people realize.  In fact, Utah ranks 7th in the nation for suicide. 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is holding an “Out of the Darkness” walk in Salt Lake City to raise awareness and funds for those impacted.

The AFSP has set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

The walk is this Saturday, Sept. 15th at 11:30 a.m. at Liberty Park. Check-in is at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony starts at 11.

Online registration closes at noon Friday, but you can also register in person. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

For more information or to register, click here.

If You or Someone You Know Is in Crisis and Needs Immediate Help. If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away. Ask a family member or friend to help you make these calls or take you to the hospital. If you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek help immediately from an emergency room, physician, or mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die. Even if you do not believe your family member or friend will actually attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from your help in receiving mental health treatment.

·         Call your doctor’s office.

·         Call 911 for emergency services.

·         Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

·         Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.

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