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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, August 31, 2018

Santa Barbara Holds Annual “Out of the Darkness” Walk to Help Prevent Suicide

Hundreds of people will participate in the Santa Barbara Out of the Darkness Community Walk to be held Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Leadbetter Beach. The fundraising walk benefits Suicide Prevention efforts by helping to support local and national suicide prevention programs and bring awareness about suicide prevention.

Speakers included Hannah Beth Jackson, Mayor Cathy Murillo; as well as the rapper Knomad launching his new song about hope and survival. Speakers will also include suicide survivors telling their brave stories of survival and hope.

Suicide is a national public health issue plagued by silence and stigma that continue to be barriers for those needing help. “Suicide affects one in five American families and I am walking to bring awareness to the tragedy of suicide and let people know that they are not alone. There is help for those who live with a mental health condition and support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. This walk will help bring suicide out of the darkness.” said Jina Carvalho from the Glendon Association and Anthony Rodriguez from Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN) co-chairs of the suicide walk. Over one million Americans make a suicide attempt and more than 45,000 die by suicide each year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults.

The Santa Barbara Out of the Darkness Walk is one of hundreds of annual Community Walks (www.outofthedarkness.org) being held nationwide, from September through December. The walks are expected to unite more than a quarter of a million walkers nationally.
The Santa Barbara County community walk will be held at Leadbetter Beach at Shoreline Dr. & Loma Alta and begin at 9am.

The sponsors of the walk are the Glendon Association, the Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN), Eric Curry’s Pets, Knomad, American Indian Health & Services and Teen Sports Radio, and Diana Raab. There will also be an extensive mental health resources fair to help inform the community on where they can find help.

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