The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

Sponsored by the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing, this is the first time this walk to raise suicide awareness will be held on campus. The walk is open to the community.

The two-mile walk begins and ends at the Activity Center. Registration and check-in is at 8 a.m. The walk is 8:30-11 a.m.

Faculty and students from ULM Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling will be available on the day of the walk for those who need to talk.

Amanda Coker, MSN, RN, is an adjunct faculty member of Kitty DeGree Nursing School and is captain of the walk. She has lost a family member to suicide and is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of this far-too-often tragedy.

“It is very important to bring suicide awareness to the campus and Northeast Louisiana. In the state of Louisiana one person dies by suicide every 13 hours. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Louisiana and the third leading cause of death for ages 15-34. Almost every person has been touched by suicide in some form,” said Coker.

“Many people struggle with depression and many have lost loved ones and friends to suicide. I lost my brother to suicide in 2010 and became passionate about bringing awareness and prevention to Northeast Louisiana,” she said.

The funds raised at the walk are spent in the community to fund outreach, education, survivor support and advocacy.

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