In Connecticut, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 34, a stat that organizers of the Westport Out of the Darkness Walk want to change.
The walk, sponsored by the Southern Connecticut chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), raises money and awareness to try to help reduce those numbers and save lives. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Online registration at afsp.org/Westport begins at noon on Friday, Oct. 20, but participants may also register on-site the morning of the walk beginning at 11 a.m. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20% by 2025.