Out of the Darkness Walk Attracts Hundreds

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Hundreds of people gathered in City Park Saturday morning for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

This second annual walk is a way to raise money and awareness for depression and suicide prevention.

Event coordinator Dr. Libby Powers says there is traditionally less research on suicide than other medical fields, and hopes to help fill that gap, and show community support at the same time.

"Most importantly I'd say, is for our community to increase awareness about mental illness and depression, and to get more people to know that there is help and hope out there for them," Dr. Powers said.

She says the event brought in nearly $9,000.

All proceeds will benefit the Nonprofit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Powers says they will be accepting donations from now until December.

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  • by Rod Location: Vienna on Aug 2, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    Dr. Libby Powers is the person to contact. Her office phone is 304-865-7700. The Out of the Darkness web site www.outofthedarkness.org is also a great source of information. My wife & I have had the honor of being volunteers in 08 & 09. If there is anything we can help you answer or point you in hopefully the right direction, our e-mail is rollins32@suddenlink.net.
  • by info Location: Parkersburg on Aug 2, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    For more information go to this webpage: http://www.outofthedarkness.org/
  • by wondering Location: vienna on Aug 1, 2009 at 09:24 PM
    Please, don't blame yourself for this horrific event that has happened to you. It is easy to look back and see signs that were there, but you can't let yourself live with the "what if's" and "the I wishes." You said it yourself, you are a survivor. May God bless you and I pray that he gives you peace.
  • by Carol Location: Mineral Wells on Aug 1, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    .When we lost our son to suicide, we both felt the only peace we could find would be in encouraging another family in our position, or helping to prevent the loss and pain of another loss. Out of the darkness walk has given us opportunities to listen to folks, share our pain, and take another step toward tomorrow. It has provided a safe place for folks to share their grief, guilt and hope and not feel afraid as most of those attending have shared some form of issue regarding depression, mental health issues or suicide. The support we have received both years both through financial giving and by showing up to walk and encourage us has been priceless. Burdens shared are never quite as heavy. Thanks so much to those who have for a portion of time, lightened our load. God Bless You!
  • by wondering Location: vienna on Aug 1, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    Does anyone know the contact person as I would like to get involved next year?
  • by opinionated1 Location: still here on Aug 1, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    Sadly, even being aware of the signs of depression and suicide threats -- we just can't believe it and many times don't take the person serious enough. I am survivor of a spouse who took his own life...PLEASE take any threat seriously. My mistake was believing he wasn't serious. I will forever be haunted by that night. I blame myself for him not being here today but he made the decision to end his life. Educate yourself--and help someone today-- because there might not be another tomorrow.
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