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Join the Fight Against Suicide: Participate in the Annual Campus Walk at University of Georgia

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will host its annual Out of Darkness Campus Walk at the University of Georgia on April 7. The event aims to engage young adults in suicide prevention efforts. AFSP, a volunteer-based organization, promotes education and research on suicide prevention across all 50 states. It also advocates for effective suicide prevention policies and access to care.

In the past, the walk has motivated students and community members. Abigail Cushing, a senior criminal justice and sociology student, participated in the walk as a sophomore. She found the walk beneficial and it encouraged her to seek available help and resources.

Cushing is now an executive member of the walk, assisting in its organization and planning. This year, the organization aims to raise $55,000 through the walk to support their suicide prevention work. Community members can support the walk by participating, fundraising, or volunteering.

The Georgia chapter of AFSP, with only two staff members, depends on volunteers. Kristen Petillo, a staff member, highlighted the crucial role of volunteers in the initiative. She said, 'We do it all with volunteer committees, whether they’re students or community members that want to help.'

The walk will begin at Tate Student Center at 11 a.m. Organizers ask that walk participants arrive for onsite registration time at 10 a.m. For more information on ways to get involved through fundraising or volunteer opportunities, visit the event page or contact Abigail Cushing at abby.cushing1101@gmail.com.


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