WATERTOWN, NY — Watertown residents will be joining thousands gathering in towns across the United States this fall to draw attention to the suicide prevention movement. The Watertown Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – Greater Central New York Chapter, will be held on Sunday, October 10 at Thompson Park.
The walk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 10 a.m. For the safest and most streamlined event experience, participants are asked to pre-register at afsp.org/watertown.
“Suicide is a leading cause of death and it is preventable. As we all try to protect our mental health and cope with the impacts of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we can come together as a community and take steps to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Karen Heisig, AFSP Associate Area Director for the Greater Central New York Chapter. “At AFSP, we are dedicated to providing members of the Watertown and surrounding communities with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show those who struggle that they are not alone.”
The Watertown Out of the Darkness Walk supports AFSP’s education and support programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual U.S. rate of suicide 20% by the year 2025. Funds raised from the Watertown event will help fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of loss, including in the Greater Central New York area.
Top local sponsors for the Watertown Out of the Darkness Walk include the Renzi Foodservice Charitable Foundation and Tunes 92.5/104.5.
To learn more or to donate to this event, visit: afsp.org/watertown.