The Towson University Health and Counseling Center is holding “Out of the Darkness,” a walk to raise money for suicide prevention on Sunday, May 3. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 7:00 p.m. TU staff and students are partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to start a conversation about mental health and help put a stop to tragic loss of life.
“This walk is incredibly important to the Towson community because it brings attention to an issue that is often ignored,” said Ceanne West ’16, a student organizer. “Suicide, especially on college campuses, is a huge issue, but many people are afraid of to talk about it. This walk, in addition to raising money for suicide prevention, helps open up a dialogue about suicide and mental health. It helps bring together people in the community who have struggled with suicidal thoughts themselves, those who have lost love ones to suicide, and those who simply support the cause.
“For me, this walk is about helping others — giving comfort to those who have lost someone to suicide and helping them deal with their grief as well as offering support to those who struggle with suicide personally. Having been on both sides of the issue, I understand what a huge impact suicide has on people. By having this walk we are letting others know that suicide is preventable.”