WAYNESBURG – For the second year in a row, Waynesburg University has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host a walk to raise awareness around suicide prevention.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 16 with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at the Marisa Field House. The opening ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and the walk – a non-competitive 5K – is expected to last until 3:30.
Waynesburg is again hosting one of AFSP’s signature Out of the Darkness Walk campus events after the success of last year’s walk. Last spring, the walk had more than 200 walkers that included a mix of students, faculty and community members.
With the funds raised from last year’s event, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has already trained all of Waynesburg University’s resident sssistants in various education programs focused on mental health and suicide prevention. Additionally, the university hopes to continue those training opportunities to “fight the mental illness stigma and make people feel empowered to seek help when struggling or in crisis,” according to the event’s website.
It’s free to walk and those interested in supporting the cause can form fundraising teams. Dogs are welcome to participate.
Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. To register, go online to https://www.afsp.org/waynesburg. Anyone interested in participating can also register in person the day of the walk. Donations will be accepted until June 30.
There will be bead necklaces that have special meanings for suicide prevention, customizable buttons, wellness activities and information available.
For more information, contact Briana Ryan at 724-469-0984 or Rya5706@student.waynesburg.edu.