Thousands Walk to Prevent Suicide *** 2016 Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Community Walk Benefiting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Philadelphia, Pa., (September 21, 2016) –
The 12 th Annual Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Community Walk takes place Sunday, October 2, 2015, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. The Walk is hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). More than $500,000 was raised in 2015. An expected 5,000 participants from across the Greater Philadelphia area will attend. AFSP Philadelphia Board President Jan Evans announced that the AFSP Philadelphia “Buck in a Bucket” Suicide Prevention Program will be launched at the walk. “Buckets will be a vehicle for fundraising but more importantly – the risk factors of suicide will be printed on the buckets for people to see and understand,” Evans said. “Our fundraising focuses on delivering community based programs that help eliminate the loss of life from suicide by delivering innovative prevention programs and educating the public on the risk factors associated with suicide.” It is estimated that each year, nearly 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt, more than 38,000 die by suicide, and more than 20 million suffer from depression; which is a precursor to suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults and the second leading cause of death for college students. Additionally, older Americans over the age of 65 account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. To register for the walk, go to www.afsp.org/philadelphia.