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 are expected to unite more than 250,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. With this walk last year, the Paducah Walk raised over $42,000 and had over 600 participants.

This 3rd annual Community Walk will take place at 11am on September 8. If you want to be a part of this event join the walkers at Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah. Registration will open at 9:30am and the closing ceremony will be at 11:45am. Or you can pre-register today at afsp.org/paducah.

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Several activities will be taking place at the time of the walk, including singing and a silent auction. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal is to reduce the annual rate of suicide to 20 percent or more by 2025.

Participants will walk to raise awareness about this important health issue. Suicide touches one in five American families. The hope is that by walking they save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

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“These walks are about turning hope into action,” said The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 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, R. Carr & Associates, Mercy Health, Dairy Queen - Calvert City, Luxor Nails, Linwood Motors, GEO Consultants, Four Rivers Behavioral Health, First Community Bank of the Heartland, Dr. William Hay PSC, CGB Mound City and Cairo Grain Inspection Agency.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. The organization works to create a culture that’s smart about mental health. They do this through education and community programs, developing suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and providing support for those affected by suicide.

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Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.