Suicide Prevention Walk in Salem

walkingRiverfront Park in Salem will host the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Oct. 8.

More than 1,500 people have already registered for Salem’s first Out of the Darkness Walk. Participants are encouraged to bring photos and jot down memories of loved ones to reflect on in a Remembrance Tent. Honor Beads, color-coded to indicate the relationship each participant has to suicide – whether it be personal struggle or the loss of a loved one – will be free for all who attend.

All proceeds generated by the event will be used to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention fund research, advocate for public policy, create educational and outreach programs, and bring hope to the lives of people touched by suicide. Participants, donors, and volunteers are helping the AFSP to achieve their goal of a 20 percent reduction in annual suicide rates by 2025.

Saturday’s community resource fair and event registration open at 8:30 a.m. The walk is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Online registration will be available until noon Friday, Oct. 7. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome to the event. Donations made online will continue to be accepted until the last day of December, 2016.

Sign up to walk, donate, or volunteer at Or check out resources available at

By Matthew Hunt