Students walk for suicide prevention
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 23:10
Over 200 people joined the Out of Darkness 5K with friends and family to support the American Suicide Prevention Foundation on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 19. The event began at 10:30 a.m. at the Jorgensen Theater and included a candle lighting ceremony, the 5K Walk, a performance by the E.O Smith High School Choral Group, a raffle and music and refreshments.
“I’m here representing my family. My sister lost her son almost two years ago,” said Melissa Kaitis. “I think it is very important for people to realize that suicide is preventable with the diagnosis, care and realizing people needs,” she added.
Many people involved in the walk had lost a loved one to suicide. This event focused on suicide prevention and coming together as a community to remember those lost to suicide.
“I think it is important to raise awareness for people who have been dealing with mental health issues or feelings of suicide to know that they are not alone and that other people have experienced those feelings and that we are hear to help them,” Out of Darkness Walk Event Staff Member Conor Collins said.
There was a candle lighting ceremony at the end that demonstrated different people that may have been lost. Every color represented a different friend or family member that died from suicide.
“It is more of a memorial to those we have lost,” Collins said.
The E.O Smith High Choral Group preformed “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Let It Be” as part of the memorial for victims of suicide.
“I walked for my cousin, Kyle, who took his own life, sadly, last year,” Collins said.
The attendees repeated “We Remember Them” to never forget the people that were lost from suicide during the “We Remember” part of the event.
State Senator Donald E. Williams Jr., State Senate President Pro Tempore also spoke at the event.