Did you know that a person dies by suicide every 13.7 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year in the United States? Suicide also happens to be the second leading cause of death for college students – but there is hope!
Out of the Darkness is coordinated in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is held annually at the University of Houston to bring awareness to suicide, and as a way for loved ones at UH and the surrounding Houston community to memorialize family or friends who have been lost to suicide. The tradition of the campus walk at the University of Houston goes back several years and has had a long history beginning with the College of Engineering. Participants can walk individually or in teams, and are encouraged to fundraise for the event – though it is not specifically required.
By attending the Out of the Darkness Walk, participants will:
- Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs of suicide.
- Identify campus mental health resources and how to access them.
- Develop skills to approach and talk with a friend who they are concerned about.
Our 2019 walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, with registration opening at 10 am and the walk program starting at 11 am. The morning will include campus and community resource tabling, speakers, and some interactive ways to memorialize a love one.
Questions? Email our coordinator, Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal. We hope to see you out at this year’s walk!