Lynchburg, Va. (WFXR) — After going virtual last year, the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk is scheduled to be held in-person this fall.
Volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are now tabling for the walk, which will be held on Oct. 2 in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Salem.
Volunteers may have been seen doing some tabling recently, but they’re expected to do a lot more throughout the summer.
The foundation is in need of more funding to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers also say this is the perfect time to bring more awareness to suicide prevention.
Scott Stevens is a Lynchburg Walk committee member and a board member for the Virginia American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“When it comes to depression and mental health, it’s always something we have to be aware of, but people were in their houses, in their homes for the last year, and we’re so glad that people are getting out again,” said Stevens. “And that’s one of the reasons we want to bring it back in front of people to provide people with the help and support that they need.”
In 2019, the Lynchburg Out of the Darkness Walk had approximately 1,500 participants. So far, the walk has about 60 people who are signed up to participate for 2021.
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