Photos: Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk

The Out of the Darkness Overnight fundraising walk took place in June. The walk raises money to support the American Foundation of Suicide Awareness, the Philadelphia chapter hosts an annual walk in October, but this was the national organizations walk, which is held in 2 cities in the USA each year, and we were honored to host it for the second time in 5 years, a great tribute to the work that has been done in the name of suicide awareness here in Philly.

Some of the team from the Philadelphia chapter.

The dusk till dawn journey is a breathtaking tour of Philadelphia, for many people including folks who have traveled here from across the nation. The trek took walkers from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, through the Parkway Museums District, the cobblestone streets of historic Philadelphia, and University City – together, a courageous community will break the silence and bring the issues of mental illness and suicide into the light culminating in a celebration ceremony at 5am at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

What’s your color? People who participate in the walk can wear beads to represent how suicide has affected their lives –

Honor Bead Colors Signify:
White – Lost a Child Red – Lost a Spouse or Partner
Gold – Lost a Parent
Orange – Lost a Sibling Purple – Lost a Relative or Friend Silver –
Lost First Responder / Military
Green – Struggled Personally
Blue – Support the Cause Teal – Friends and Family of Someone Who Struggles

Each of these people have been affected by suicide, and are introduced on stage with a bio of who they are representing on the stage
This women has lived in chronic pain for years, and has survived suicide attempts

others have had family members, friends and fellow serviceman who have committed suicide

The walk begins…

A suicide attempt happens every minute of every day. Every 14 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies by suicide. These statistics are staggering and yet remain hidden and not discussed. We walk to bring the issues of suicide, depression, and mental disorders into the spotlight and to fund the work of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – work that will truly save lives.
See you on October at the Philadelphia Chapter’s walk, where over 5ks walkers raise awareness
on October 7, 2018