JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – East Tennessee State University hosted its first Out of the Darkness Community Walk to promote suicide awareness Saturday.
The walk happened on the ETSU campus in the practice field near the Basler Center for Physical Activity and was hosted by the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Clemmer College.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined each year, yet suicide prevention does not receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death.
“We really want to bring suicide out of the darkness and into the light. We want to make sure that anyone who is struggling knows that they are not alone, there is a community here in Johnson City to support them, there are resources available not just for those who are struggling but those who might have lost someone as well,” said event organizer Kat Cloud.
ETSU will continue to help raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by accepting donations for the organization until Dec. 31.
Sponsors for this event included ETSU’s Department of Counseling and Human Services, Ballad Health, ETSU Family Medicine, TriCities Nissan, ReVIDA Recovery, Creekside Behavioral Health, and the Jake Vinyard Foundation.