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"Out of the Darkness" Community Walk

The Santa Barbara Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 300 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held this fall nationwide, uniting more than 100,000 walkers and raising more than $9.5 million for suicide prevention efforts.

When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 7:45 a.m.

Where: Leadbetter Beach, Shoreline Dr. and Loma Alta Dr., Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Health and Wellness, Calendar of Fundraisers, Outdoor

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More than 200 people from throughout of Santa Barbara are expected to participate in the upcoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk on November 2, 2013. The fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by helping to support local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs.

The Santa Barbara Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 300 Out of the Darkness Community Walks (www.outofthedarkness.org) being held this fall nationwide. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers nationally and raise more than $9.5 million for suicide prevention efforts.

“Much more needs to be done to prevent suicide. Yet, suicide and the underlying mental disorders that can sometimes lead to suicide continue to be surrounded by misinformation and stigma,” said Jina Carvalho from the Glendon Association. “This walk is about reducing that stigma, raising awareness and drawing attention to local prevention and treatment programs.”

The Santa Barbara community walk will begin at Leadbetter Beach Park at 7:45am for check in and registration and end at location at approximately 12:00pm. Local dignitaries are scheduled to attend.

According to AFSP, close to 700,000 people will make a suicide attempt requiring medical care and more than 38,000 will die by suicide in the U.S. every year.

“Despite the troubling statistics, an important goal of the walk is to stress that suicide can be prevented. The walk is also a call to action that more must be done to prevent suicide, nationally and in communities across the country,” said Robert Gebbia, executive director for the foundation.

“We know that the best way to prevent suicide is through the early recognition and treatment of the mental disorders that can contribute to suicide. Unfortunately, stigma about disorders such as depression, bipolar illness, and alcohol and substance abuse, keeps people from getting the treatment they need. The Out of The Darkness Community walk is about eliminating that stigma. It’s about bringing hope to those who have been affected by suicide,” he continued.

Phone: 818-679-0549

Event posted Oct. 22, 2013
Last updated Oct. 25, 2013

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