Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. Not to be deterred by the original date being rained out, supporters throughout Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, and nearby communities will be participating in the 7th Annual Emerald Coast Out of the Darkness Community Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Florida Panhandle Chapter at John Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island on November 16th at 10:00 a.m. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20% by 2025.
The event is free and open to the public. Anyone who has already registered and started fundraising will be able to continue through to the new date. Participants who raise $150 or more will receive a free Out of the Darkness t-shirt. Day-of registration and check-in will begin at 10:00 am with the Opening Ceremony at 11:00 am, and then the walk. Official AFSP t-shirts and merchandise will be available for sale, as well as raffle tickets with packages from several local businesses.
To register, visit AFSP.org/EmeraldCoast.
“Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by walking we will draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a suicide loss. Our ultimate goal is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Jessica Roberts, Florida Panhandle Chapter Board Chair.