Scarlet Pearl joins suicide prevention group as Out of the Darkness presenting sponsor

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide an be prevented. Volunteers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are joining the quarter of a million people who are walking in towns across the U.S. to draw attention to the fight for suicide prevention.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Mississippi is proud to announce Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort has joined the event as presenting sponsor.

“We are very grateful for the generous support of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort and their employees. Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by walking, we will draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a suicide loss. Our ultimate goal is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Theresa Danko, Mississippi Chapter Chair and Walk Chair.

The annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by the Mississippi Chapter will be held at 9:30 am Saturday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

The walk supports 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.

“Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind,” said LuAnn Pappas, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort CEO. “Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort wants to provide continued support in the community where we live and work to assist in the prevention of suicides.”

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 550 Out of the Darkness Overnight, Community and Campus Walks being held nationwide this year. The walks are expected to unite more than 300,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts.

“These walks are about turning hope into action,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “The research has shown us how to fight suicide, and if we keep up the fight, the science is only going to get better and our culture will get smarter about mental health. With the efforts of our courageous volunteers, and a real investment from our nation’s leaders, we hope to significantly reduce the suicide rate in the United States.”

Community members can start or join a team online at www.afsp.org/gulfcoast.

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