UA Little Rock to Host Sixth Annual Campus Walk April 23

Participants of the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk listen to stories of people who have lost loved ones to suicide before begining their half-mile route through the UA Little Rock campus. Over 100 students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public walked in the event organized by the UA Little Rock Counseling Services to bring awareness and encourage conversation about the large amount of college suicide deaths. Photo by Ben Krain.
Participants of the Out of the Darkness Campus Suicide Prevention Walk listen to stories of people who have lost loved ones to suicide before begining their half-mile route through the UA Little Rock campus. Photo by Ben Krain.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is fighting the epidemic of suicide by holding a suicide prevention walk on April 23 at 1 p.m.

UA Little Rock Student Affairs, including Wellness and Inclusion and the Student Experience Center, is partnering with the Arkansas chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to hold the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, which will start outside Ottenheimer Library after Chancellor Drale gives her proclamation.

Registration will begin at noon with food, prizes, games, therapy dogs, and more. The walk program will start at 1 p.m. and will take about 30 minutes to complete.

People can show their support by donating, showing up, or simply registering as a virtual walker. Participants can choose to either make their own walk team or join the Wellness and Inclusion team in support of suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Campus Walks are a signature student fundraising series designed to to engage youth and young adults in the fight to prevent suicide. However, donations are not necessary to participate.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. Approximately 1,100 college students die from suicide each year, and 25 percent know someone who has died from suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

For more information, contact Dr. Aresh Assadi, director of UA Little Rock Counseling Services, at 501-916-3185 or counselingservices@ualr.edu.

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