Out of the Darkness campus walk raises suicide prevention awareness

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MADISON (WKOW) — Hundreds of students at UW-Madison put on their walking shoes Sunday afternoon to help bring people out of the darkness.

The walk is one of several across the country raising suicide prevention awareness.

For nine years they’ve been raising money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

Organizers say suicide is something we should be more comfortable talking about.

“It’s very difficult for anyone of any age to discuss this type of topic,” walk coordinator Vaughan Collins said. “Today we are trying to just raise awareness and the importance of talking about it, and also to remember those we have lost to suicide and those who are still struggling today with it.”

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24, and the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States.

 

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