Walking Toward the Light

October 2018
Written By: 
Julie Flanagan

The Out of the Darkness Walk raises funds to help prevent suicide

Whether you have lost someone to suicide or have struggled personally with suicidal thinking, you are not alone. The Out of the Darkness Community Walks, which raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), bring people affected by suicide together to head out of the darkness.

The Myrtle Beach Out of the Darkness Walk will take place on October 13 at Broadway at the Beach. The event will include the walk (approximately 1.5 miles through the complex grounds) and opening and closing ceremonies. There will also be a door prize, a raffle basket, temporary tattoos, customized shells to share your own story, music and more. When you walk, you will join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds for the AFSP. The organization works to invest in new research, create educational programs and support survivors of suicide loss. The organization’s research efforts help improve interventions, train clinicians and advocate for policy changes to create a culture that’s smart and open about mental health.

Too many people who are at risk for suicide do not seek help. We need to find better ways to reach those who suffer and encourage communities, workplaces and schools to make mental health a priority. Visit afsp.org to register, donate or find important resources on suicide prevention. The AFSP’s bold goal is to reduce the suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. 



Out of the Darkness Community Walk -- October 13, 11 a.m.

Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle
(843) 593-6118
Visit the website afsp.org for registration and donation info (plus important mental health resources)

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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE 2017 MYRTLE BEACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK