Student plans fight on suicide
by Courtney Warren
Jan 31, 2014 | 1100 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has an Out of Darkness Walk with the purpose of raising awareness about depression and suicide, and providing comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide.

There are different types of walks including an Out of Darkness Overnight walk, and Out of Darkness community walk and an Out of Darkness campus walk.

Marissa Hall, a Delta State student, has participated in these walks in Memphis and plans to bring one to the campus and the community.

"This walk has taken place on other campuses and brought the entire community together. Suicide is such a taboo subject and it’s time for us to bring it out on our campus to bring the community together. Letting everyone know that it happens.

"It's happened to our best friend, our mom, our next door neighbor, our great-grandparents. It's time for us to show support for one another, for the ones that have lost someone to suicide or those who have had suicidal thoughts themselves or maybe know someone that is at risk. We are having this walk to let everyone know that it is not going unnoticed and that there is always somewhere to get help," said Hall.

Hall explained how moving participating in the walk was for her and wants to bring those same experiences to the Delta State family.

"I have attended the walk in Memphis for years and it always changes someone's life for the better. It is incredible seeing how many people are affected by suicide, and the support that a community can bring together," she said.

While the date of the walk is still tentative, Hall hopes to have it this semester.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, "In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 13.7 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually.

"Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths.

"I am so excited to bring this walk to Cleveland," said Hall.