IU Southeast to host suicide prevention walk on April 9

31st March 2015

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (March 31, 2015) – The IU Southeast Student Veterans Organization and IU Southeast Personal Counseling Services are sponsoring the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to support suicide prevention. The walk will occur from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at IU Southeast.

Participants in the Out of the Darkness walk will meet at McCullough Plaza by the clock tower and will walk two miles around the IU Southeast campus. The walk will be non-competitive, and water and snack bars will be provided.

Proceeds from the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the goal being to raise awareness about mental health issues and suicide prevention, especially among veterans.

Interested participants can register online prior to the walk, or can register in person the morning of the walk beginning at 11 a.m.

The AFSP launched its inaugural Out of the Darkness Campus Walk campaign in the spring of 2010. Since then, the walks have occurred on college and high school campuses across the country.

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is part of a series of events that will occur during the IU Southeast Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week from Monday, April 6 to Thursday, April 9.

Resources for veterans will be available on Monday, April 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commons and across from the campus bookstore in the University Center building.

A suicide prevention presentation and a local mental health service fair will occur on Tuesday, April 7, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in University Center North, room 127. Resources that deal with the topics of suicide, depression, grief and substance use will be available.

Mental health care providers will offer free information and consultations on Wednesday, April 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Commons and across from the bookstore in the University Center.

For more information about the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk or Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week, contact Michael Day at 812-941-2244 or micaday@ius.edu.

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