ATU suicide prevention walk tops fundraising goal

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The 2022 Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Campus Walk at Arkansas Tech University raised $8,623.51 to support research, education and awareness efforts led by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

The walk, which exceeded its goal of raising $8,000, had 230 registered participants. This was the first in-person Out of the Darkness walk at ATU since 2019 due to COVID-19.

Arkansas Tech and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Turning Point Adult Behavioral Health have collaborated to organize the Suicide Prevention Walk at ATU since 2014. The walk is co-led by Kristy Davis, Associate Dean for Adult Wellness students and director of the health and wellness center. at ATU, and Matthew Klein, director of community education at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

AFSP data shows that suicide is one of the top two causes of death among Arkansans between the ages of 10 and 34, and that Arkansas exceeds the national average for suicide deaths per 100,000 population. In 2019, more than 500 people in Arkansas died by suicide.

Those wishing to donate to the ATU Out of the Darkness 2022 march can do so at www.afsp.org/atu until June 30.








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