Volunteers Come Together to Fight Suicide
As we all try to protect our mental health and cope with uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. Residents from Monroe City, Hannibal, and the surrounding area will be joining the thousands of people who are gathering in towns across the United States to draw attention to the suicide prevention movement.
The First Annual Monroe City Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention—Missouri Chapter will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 8-10 a.m. at Mosswood Meadows Golf Course. This gathering will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education and support programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual U.S. rate of suicide 20% by the year 2025. Donations to the event fund suicide prevention education programs in schools, workplaces, and communities—both nationwide and locally.
The Monroe City Out of the Darkness Walk is one of hundreds of events being held across the country this year. We invite participants to walk the cart path at your leisure with your team. While there is no cost to register, individuals who have raised $150 by Oct. 9 may pick up their earned 2021 walk t-shirt. All attendees may gather resource materials and honor beads, purchase AFSP gear, and turn in collected donations. We also encourage walkers to walk with their teams in their neighborhoods wearing their gear, and carrying signs or photos of loved ones lost to suicide to help raise awareness.
“We can all learn new ways to help each other save lives,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “By joining an Out of the Darkness Experience, you can show people that we are strong, we are resilient, and we are hopeful. Together, we can create a culture that’s smart about mental health.”