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Suicide awareness walk planned for April 27

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The Out of the Darkness Walk aims to prevent suicide and to commemorate those lost to self harm.

The Out of the Darkness Walk is April 27 at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Walkers start at the Hoeschler Clock Tower at 7 p.m. on campus. The event is being put on by the UW-L organization Active Minds.

Register for the walk here

People of all ages can partake in the walk. The free event has kid-friendly activities, plus a guest speaker before the walk. Any donations will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  The group is dedicated to funding research, creating educational programs, advocating for public policy, and supporting survivors of suicide loss.

“There is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health, especially suicide and talking about that,” UW-L student Mara Limbeck said. “So it’s a really great way to kind of promote awareness as well as prevention related to these topics.”

According to Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, here are some resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative

Survivors of Suicide Support Group: (608)-633-3135

Dani Smith

News Producer

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