Annual suicide prevention walk raises more than $325,000

Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk

UPDATE: The Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk raised more than $325,000. In a record turnout for the Georgia chapter, more 3,000 walkers attended, a press release said.

ORIGINAL STORY (published Oct. 29): A yearly walk to raise awareness for suicide prevention at Piedmont Park.

The 15th annual Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk, combined with similar events in cities across the country, is expected to raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. The walks raised more than $21 million in 2017, with more than $303,000 of that coming from efforts by the Atlanta walk's 2,525 participants, a press release said.

More than $220,000 of a $315,000 goal has been reached for the Atlanta walk this year. Funds raised from the walk, hosted by the Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, go toward suicide education and other programs.

The local 1.68-mile walk takes place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4. Guests will be encouraged to post messages on the Hope & Healing Wall, write messages on their hands and wear free, color coded “honor beads” to show their personal connection to the cause.

Register to walk for free or donate to the cause here.

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