Help boost awareness with walk

The unfortunate death of actor/comedian Robin Williams has brought both depression and suicide back into the national limelight. Williams’ death demonstrated just how many people can be affected by the loss of one human being, as well as shed light on how great the suffering can be for people living with depression.

Suicide is so common. Who among us hasn’t lost a good friend or relative that way? Still, awareness is grossly lacking.

Locally, a group in Minot is organizing a walk to increase our understanding of suicide, to help prevent it and raise money for research.

This year’s Minot Out of Darkness Community Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Roosevelt Park. Registration is from noon to 1 p.m. with the walk starting around 1 p.m. and continuing for two hours.

There is no cost to participate or attend the walk and people can either walk alone or as a team.

All of the proceeds go toward the American Foundation for Suicide Awareness, but half comes back to North Dakota. There will be a short program before the walk including a couple of speakers.

Last year, approximately 350 people participated in the event and organizers are hoping for an even better turnout this year. One of the features this year will be a memory board on which people can post a picture of someone who has been lost to suicide.

More information about the walk can be found on the event’s Facebook page at Minot Out of Darkness 2014. Check it out and consider participating in some way.