UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled and will occur virtually. Further information is available online.
CCAC North has paired with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by participating in the Out of the Darkness prevention walk on Apr. 25th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CCAC hopes to join the many other college campuses across the country hoping to bring support and awareness to AFSP’s cause.
The goal of AFSP is to reduce the suicide rate by 20 percent across America. They were founded in 1987 and have been chasing bold goals ever since. AFSP has local chapters operating in all 50 states. They offer many events, walks, and memorial funds across their website, and even offer the ability to create events. All donations – even individual ones – are accepted, and each and every dollar helps.
The walk that CCAC is participating in will be held this spring, and organizers have almost achieved 50 percent of their $500 fundraising goal. As of February, there are 84 students enrolled so far, meaning the program is close to the goal of 100 registered participants. The event is moving forward at an amazing pace for CCAC’s first official year of involvement with the program.
One of the main objectives of the walk is to raise awareness for the people who may need help. “Awareness for services and the people who are involved in those services is a very important objective to us,” says Judy Weitzman, a south campus faculty member in charge of registration for the event. With suicide rates among college students rocketing up – increasing by 30 percent from 2007 to 2015 – Weitzman says, “It’s very motivating to get the word out and have good student participation to spread the word.”
Students can join a campus team to donate and join the South Campus walk on Apr. 25th. “Let’s walk and work together to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in their mission to reduce suicide 20% by 2025,” says Rachel D’Alessandro, a CCAC North Campus Counselor. D’Alessandro also hopes the event becomes a “platform to change our culture’s approach to mental health.”
If someone needs help, there is always a way to get it. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached by phone at 1-800-273-8255. Another option is to send an anonymous text to the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741.