Volunteers Gather Together to Fight Suicide
[SANTA BARBARA, CA — NOVEMBER 1, 2022] − Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide can be prevented. Volunteers from Santa Barbara, CA are joining the thousands of people who are gathering in towns across the United States to promote suicide prevention. The annual Santa Barbara Out of the Darkness Community Walk, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles & Central Coast Chapter will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM PST (Check-in and event activities begin at 9:00 AM PST), at Goleta Beach Park afsp.org/santabarbara
This gathering will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education, research and survivor support programs. In addition to raising awareness and funds to fight suicide, the walks give those who attend a chance to connect with others and know they are not alone, whether they walk in memory or in support of a loved one or in honor of their own mental health journey.
“Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by connecting with one another, we will draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a suicide loss. Our ultimate goal is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Louisa Rocque, Executive Director, AFSP Greater Los Angeles & Central Coast Chapter.
The Santa Barbara Out of the Darkness Community Walk is one of hundreds of events being held nationwide this year. “This year we want people to join us in walking to create a world without suicide,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “By walking you are helping us make progress through research, advocacy, education and support to those affected by suicide. And you are improving our understanding of mental health, and how to be there for each other when someone is struggling. I’m in awe of our courageous volunteers who are lifting their voices to inform local and national leaders of the support needed to reduce suicide and save lives.” Local sponsors for the Santa Barbara Out of the Darkness Walk include Presenting Sponsor, Colourpop, Megilla, Youthwell, & Teen Sports Radio. To donate or join this event, visit afsp.org/santabarbara
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, including those who have had a loss. 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. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, with an Advocacy office in Washington, DC, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico 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.