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Suicide Prevention in Utah: Out of the Darkness and Walk 4 Hope

Suicide Prevention in Utah: Out of the Darkness and Walk 4 Hope

Suicide prevention and awareness never stops, but as a community, we’ve designated September as the month to organize events and make a special effort to come together for the cause. In Utah, there are several walks this month we want you to know about. If you’re so moved, please consider joining at us one of these Utah Events and/or sending a donation to the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition also provides support for these events.

Find more information about these events below as well as the broader organizational efforts to reduce the incidence of suicide. (Note: Provo and Utah County have their own organization and event: Walk 4 Hope run by Hope 4 Utah.)

 

When and Where are the Events in Utah?

 

Salt Lake City – Out of the Darkness Walk

Walk Date: 09/15/2018
Walk Location: Liberty Park – Salt Lake City, UT
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 11:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:30 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Shari Elliott
Contact Phone: 801-949-6192
Contact Email: sharimarie74@yahoo.com

 

Vernal – Out of the Darkness Walk

Walk Date: 09/22/2018
Walk Location: Colton Pavilion – Vernal, UT
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/22/2018 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Rick Robbins
Contact Phone: 434-828-4179
Contact Email: boss302rik@gmail.com

 

St. George – Out of the Darkness Walk

Walk Date: 09/29/2018
Walk Location: Highland Park – St. George, UT
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/29/2018 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Theresa Bright
Contact Phone: 435-414-5957
Contact Email: lbush1942@gmail.com

 

General Information for Out of the Darkness Walks

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

 

Hope 4 Utah – Walk 4 Hope

Walk Date: 09/29/2018
Walk Location: Timpanogos Elementary School – Provo, UT
Event Begins: 9:00 am

Find the latest information on their website and FB page.

 

What Do You Do at These Events?

The big thing is the walk, but it’s not the only thing going on at these events. There are plenty of booths and information. You can sample foodstuffs from local vendors. You can also pick out color beads to show your support for specific people and populations. This includes friends and family, servicemembers, and people who struggle with suicide ideation themselves. You can also check pick a color to support the cause in general.

Many of the people at these events come in groups, or teams, to remember someone in particular who has taken their life. Other people come only with their best friends or family to remember and be grateful that they escaped their own suicide attempt. You can find a quiet corner to contemplate your emotions, or you can find people—strangers or event staff—who are eager to talk to you…about almost anything.

 

 

What is the Walk and Fundraising Goal?

The walk is an easy 5k. In Salt Lake City, it’s two loops around Liberty Park. Nor is anybody going to judge you if you stop early. We had to do that one year, when we had to leave to go to work. Just remember to be careful where you step. Dogs are allowed on the walk, so you’re going to want to watch out for fresh piles of poo. We’ve learned this the hard way, too.

The Salt Lake City Out of the Darkness Walk is set to bring in nearly $250,000 for the cause. Adding the St. George and Vernal Walks, and the total is around $300,000. And this figure doesn’t count the resources marshalled at the Provo Walk 4 Hope event.

Individual fundraising can be set up as a standard pledge drive in which you ask friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor you, or people can make a flat donation to the organization. More than just raising money, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention develops strategies for deploying these resources with the larger goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

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