HEALTHY MIND MATTERS

‘Out Of Darkness Walk’ To Be Held Virtually For Social Distancing

Sep 9, 2020, 8:51 PM | Updated: 8:53 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Organizers announced the Out of Darkness Walk set for the weekend will be held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The yearly fundraiser that raises critical awareness for our loved ones battling depression and suicidal thoughts – and usually draws 8,000 participants.

Organizers have still encouraged participants to get out and walk on their own terms.

“It’s been amazing to see how many people are still ready to go out there and walk to support this cause even if we’re not able to get in a big group,” said Trey Edwards, a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

A booth was set up in the southwest parking lot at the South Towne Mall, where team captains and individuals could pick up the walk beads until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

They have also asked people to share the reasons they walk online at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.


Suicide Prevention Resources

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or exhibiting warning signs, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Additional Crisis Hotlines

  • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-226-4433
  • Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
  • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
  • National Suicide Prevention Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386
  • University Of Utah Crisis Interventional Crisis Line: 801-587-300

Online resources

In an emergency

  • Call the police
  • Go to the emergency room
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‘Out Of Darkness Walk’ To Be Held Virtually For Social Distancing