Every fall, family members, friends, and colleagues walk 3–5 miles together in hundreds of communities across the nation to prevent suicide, raise awareness, and end the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental disorders. With each stride, walkers save lives, honor loved ones lost to suicide and raise funds to support the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s vital mission. The grassroots work of AFSP focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, the Washington State Chapter strives to bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize the WA chapter.

This Sunday, October 25, the Washington chapter of AFSP is hosting a Seattle Community walk starting at Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center. To register go to the AFSP website (www.afsp.org) and click on the link for Out of the Darkness Community Walks