More than 200 people from throughout the Purchase Area are expected to participate in the annual Paducah Out of the Darkness Community Walk. It’s being held at Kentucky Oaks Mall and starts at 11am on September 16. Registration will open at 9:30am and the closing ceremony will be at 11:45am.
The Out of the Darkness Walk is held to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. Suicide touches one in five American families. Organizers hope that by walking they can save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
Register today at afsp.org/paducah. Several activities will be taking place on this day, including a silent auction. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs. The organizations bold goal is to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20% by 2025.
Some of the silent auction items you can bid on a the walk include St. Louis Cardinal and University of Kentucky Basketball tickets, a Yeti Cooler, a one night stay at Marriott, Patti's-Grand Rivers Variety show, dinner & one night stay, massages, a UK Basketball signed by Malik Monk, lots of children's book baskets, and much more! There will also be amazing door prizes!
The Paducah Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 400 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this year. The walks will unite more than 250,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. Last year, the Paducah walk raised over $19,000 and had 200 participants.
“These walks are about turning hope into action,” said American Foundation for Suicide Prevention CEO, Robert Gebbia. “Suicide is a serious problem, but it’s a problem we can solve. The research has shown us how to fight suicide, and if we keep up the fight the science is only going to get better, our culture will get smarter about mental health, and we’ll be able to save more people from dying from depression and other mental health conditions.”
Local sponsors for the Paducah Out of the Darkness Community Walk include Woodmen Life, Wheeler Wellness Center, Rudolph Brothers Financial Group, R. Carr & Associates, Paducah Dermatology, Linwood Motors, Kentucky Oaks Mall, H & B Specialties, GEO Consultants, Four Rivers Behavioral Health, First Community Bank of the Heartland, Dr. William Hay PSC, Crowell Pools and Spas, CGB Dorena, Dr. Chris Beliles Optometry, CGB Mound City, Ceglinski Animal Clinic, Cairo Grain Inspection Agency, Cafaro Foundation, and Lourdes – Mercy Health of Paducah.
The AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest annual report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on social media