Out of the Darkness walk set for Sept 18 in Huron

Plainsman file photos by Roxy Stienblock Above: Walkers at the 2019 hold the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in preparation for the Out of the Darkness walk. Below: Participants in the 2019 Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk traverse the sidewalk at Campbell Park. This year’s event is set for Sept. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the park.

HURON — The Huron South Dakota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its “Out of the Darkness” suicide awareness and prevention walk on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Campbell Park.

Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m., with the walk taking place afterward.

This gathering will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education and support programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual U.S. rate of suicide 20% by the year 2025.

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. The pain isn’t always obvious, but most suicidal people show some signs through conversations, their actions, or in social media posts. In some cases a recent stressful event or sudden catastrophic event can leave people feeling desperate, unable to see a way out, becoming a tipping point toward suicide.

Huron resident Chelsea Geyer has plans to attend this years “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walk.

“The suicide walk to me is an event that is an overwhelming reminder that I am not alone,” Geyer said. “That others know the desperate feelings I’ve felt as a survivor and a person who has lost a loved one to suicide.

“Mental health is important, it’s also a perfect time to honor those we’ve lost by dedicating ourselves to making others aware,” she added.

Geyer plans to attend mostly to honor her best friend. “I miss her desperately with every breath, and want to help make others aware that suicide isn’t an answer for anything.”

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