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Out of the Darkness Walk Set Oct. 1

The Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, happens Oct. 1 at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.

An upcoming event is taking steps to help struggling residents.

The Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, happens Oct. 1 at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing.

“We want the walk to be a safe place,” said Liz Baker, chair of the Out of the Darkness Walk. “It’s for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, for those who have struggled with suicidal ideations — or what we call a lived experience.”

The event is not just a walk, there will be community activities, food trucks and live music along with resources for people who might need help.

“It’s an event to bring together people,” said Baker. “Many people feel very alone when it comes to losing a loved one or when they think of it themselves. But we want to show them that they are loved, and there are people who care.”

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national organization with chapters in all 50 states. Its mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide through advocacy, education, support programs and research.

The foundation advocates from the local to the national levels on helping those affected by suicide. Along with its education programs on signs someone is suicidal and what they can do to help prevent such tragedies, another program the foundation has started is Healing Conversations, where the foundation pairs a person with a volunteer who’s experienced a similar loss for a phone or online conversation.

On a national level, the foundation works with some of the leading researchers to study suicide and what the suicidal brain looks like in depression and mental illness. It is constantly bringing in more programs and evolving the programming and education to help those in need.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting 11 walks beginning in September and ending with the last one being the Detroit walk Oct. 8. For more information about the walk in Lansing, visit afsp.org/lansing.

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