‘Out of the darkness’ walk for suicide prevention

‘Out of the darkness’ walk for suicide prevention

Students and community members walked for suicide prevention Sunday on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The seventh annual “Out of the Darkness” walk is coordinated by the Ask, Listen, Save student organization. The group’s goal is to encourage people to ask how their friends how they’re doing because even that simple conversation could potentially save a life.

Preceding the walk, community members heard stories from those who have been affected by suicide. They could also visit different groups that provide mental health resources.

“In today’s day and age, things are so busy and high stress,” assistant walk coordinator Collin Brehmer said. “A lot of people don’t take time to realize that mental health is just as important, if not more important, than your physical health.”

Over the past seven years Ask, Listen, Save has raised over $200,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year, it set an annual record of almost $43,000.