Walk to Benefit Suicide Prevention April 13

Arkansas Tech University will host its 2019 Out of the Darkness suicide prevention campus walk on Saturday, April 13.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at Doc Bryan Student Services Center, 1605 Coliseum Drive in Russellville. The 2-mile walk will start at 9 a.m. in front of the Doc Bryan Center.

Any individual is eligible to walk. There is no fee to participate. Teams and individuals can raise and donate money if they so choose.

Data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) shows that suicide is one of the two leading causes of death among Arkansans age 15-34.

“So many lives have been touched by suicide,” said Kristy Davis, ATU associate dean for student wellness and co-coordinator of the event alongside Tonya Oates of Turning Point Adult Behavioral Health at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville. “Some of us walk to honor our loved ones and some of us are walking to save future lives. No matter the reason, I’m just glad so many in our community and surrounding areas gather for the event each year.”

In its first five years, the ATU Out of the Darkness walk has raised $93,440. Arkansas Tech has ranked among the top 10 AFSP fund-raising campus walks in the United States on three occasions.

Individuals or teams may register in advance and learn more at www.afsp.org/atu.

Contact Davis at (479) 968-0329 for more information.

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