Grand View to Hold Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention

March 10, 2017

American Foundation for Suicide PreventionThe Grand View University Counseling Center is sponsoring an event to bring awareness to suicide. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. More than 200 people from throughout Des Moines are expected to participate in the annual Grand View University "Out of the Darkness Campus Walk" hosted by the Iowa AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) at 12 p.m. on April 9, 2017. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs. The bold goal of the walk is to reduce the annual suicide rate by 20% by 2025.

“We walk to raise awareness about this important health issue. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-24. We hope that by walking we save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Andrea Vignovich, Counseling and Leadership Intern at Grand View.

The Grand View University Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is one of more than 125 walks being held nationwide this year. The walks are expected to unite more than 25,000 walkers and raise over a million dollars for suicide prevention efforts.

“These walks are about turning hope into action,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “Suicide is a serious problem, but it’s a problem we can solve. The research has shown us how to fight suicide, and if we keep up the fight the science is only going to get better, our culture will get smarter about mental health, and we’ll be able to save more people from dying from depression and other mental health conditions.”

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