Walkers along the Coast come together for World Suicide Prevention Day

By walking ‘out of the darkness’ on Beach Boulevard, supporters for World Suicide Prevention Day try to put an end to tragic loss of life.

This event was much more than a way to support people with mental illness or suicidal thoughts, it also gave people a chance to remember those they lost.

Mississippi lost 410 lives to suicide in 2020. When over 500 participants showed up, the Gulf Coast sent a strong message showing no one is alone and suicide is preventable.

After the walk, a silent auction and raffle helped the event raise $45,000 for suicide prevention.

Those funds will go to suicide prevention research and prevention education in Mississippi schools. AFSP MS and LA Chapters Executive Director Meghan Goldbeck said, “I feel honored. A little emotional frankly. So many people dedicate their time and talents to our mission and come out. They can be anywhere on a Saturday morning, but choose to be here to support this cause. We’re so grateful and it’s such a meaningful event for so many people.”

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention life line by dialing 988 to get directly connected to a counselor or visit AFSP.org.

Categories: Local News, News