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Suicide awareness walk is Saturday

Posted: March 2, 2012 - 3:57pm

The Student Nurses’ Association at the University of Central Arkansas is hosting its second Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to raise awareness about suicide from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Crafton Alumni Pavilion.

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is a 3 to 5 mile walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Participants will be walking with thousands of students nationwide to raise money for AFSP’s vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss.

UCA hosted the largest campus walk in AFSP history in March 2011, which raised more than $18,000 with almost 500 registrants. “We have 120 people pre-registered for the walk, but we are thinking that more people will register at the walk,” said Kassi Lowry, Vice President of SNA. “Our goal this year is $10,000, and we are at $6,500 right now.”

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 16 minutes, claiming more than 34,000 lives each year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, and the third for youth ages 15-24, with adolescent depression  -- undiagnosed, untreated or both -- as the number one cause.

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