Suicide affects people of all ages, races, and genders. That’s why people in the Tennessee valley came out for the Out of the Darkness North Alabama Walk today.
It was a day full of raising awareness, sharing memories, and showing support. People who came out wrote positive notes to put on display at the walk, reminding others that they aren’t alone. Event organizers say the goal of this event is to get rid of the negative stigma.
Aparna Vuppala with the SPEAK Program said, “It’s just very hard for people to talk about mental health, so if you’re sick and have diabetes and seizures, with children or adults, I mean it’s easy to say I have this, but you may look like you’re physically fine and then, you know, you have something else even serious going on.”
People also wore bead necklaces to symbolize if they’ve lost a child, sibling, or spouse. This allows people to connect with other survivors of suicide loss.
Ashley Jackson, with the Out of the Darkness North Alabama Walk, said, “They might see that someone has the same color necklace as they do, and it would be an easy way for them to connect and talk, and you’ll see a lot of mothers hugging and talking.”
People at the walk say if you need someone to talk to, reach out. You can also call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you missed the walk today, you can still donate! Just click here.