Despite the weather, nearly 100 people participated in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk held on Saturday October 13, 2013.
The fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by helping to support local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. They successfully raised more than $10,564 this year.
The Manassas Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 300 Out of the Darkness Community Walks (www.outofthedarkness.org) being held this fall nationwide. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers nationally and raise more than $9.5 million for suicide prevention efforts.
“Much more needs to be done to prevent suicide. Yet, suicide and the underlying mental disorders that can sometimes lead to suicide continue to be surrounded by misinformation and stigma,” said Melissa Harshman, local organizer for the walk. “This walk is about reducing that stigma, raising awareness and raising needed funds for research and local prevention programs.”
Donations for the walk are accepted up thru December 31,2013 http://bit.ly/12R73Kb