The Tennessee Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosted the annual Out of Darkness campus walk at Centennial High School on Saturday, with the goal of remembering those lost and affected by suicide and to provide resources to those struggling in their lives.
The event saw around 50 participants walk together around the CHS track and take part in other activities to remember their loved ones, with the AFSP saying in a press release that they have a “bold goal to reduce the 20% annual suicide rate in the United States by 2025.”
“By being here today, you are not only showing everyone that they are not alone if they are grieving or struggling, but you are part of our work, the research, advocacy and support we provide. are literally made possible because each of you are here today,” said AFSP Tennessee Regional Director Meghan Gwaltney.
Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States with 45,979 reported suicides and an estimated 1.20 million suicide attempts nationwide in 2020.
The event was one of more than 500 similar events taking place across the country this year, with $21 million raised through the marches last year. The CHS Walk has raised over $17,000 for local suicide prevention over the past five years.
More information about the AFSP Tennessee Chapter can be found here, and other resources for those who need help can be found here.