Fairbanks to host annual suicide prevention and mental health awareness walk

Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 4:10 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks is hosting a walk to bring awareness to mental health issues and suicide prevention.

On Saturday May 22 at 10:00 a.m., the Out of the Darkness Community Walk is taking place at the Lathrop High School Track.

The walk involves 2 laps around the track.

Last year, the walk was done virtually due to COVID-19.

Dustin Morris, Statewide Area Director for the Alaska Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention anticipates 100 to 200 people will participate in-person.

He said that in addition to bringing awareness to the issues of suicide and mental health, “It’s also a place for hope and healing for those that have been affected by suicide or are supporting those who might be at risk.”

Morris continued, “Suicide and mental health are often topics that people are not comfortable talking about, yet it affects so many of us - so when we’re able to host a community event and bring people together where they can see that they’re truly not alone in their experiences, it reduces the stigma and makes it more accessible to talk about like we would talk about anything else.”

The traditional opening ceremony, including an honor bead display, has been prerecorded and is available to view through the end of June on the “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s” website.

According to Morris, participants can register online for the event, or show up to walk without registering.

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