SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than one thousand people will walk the streets of Springfield Sunday morning for the city’s annual Out of the Darkness Walk.
The fundraising walk is a part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s fundraising efforts, and helps support local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. According to AFSP, close to 700,000 people will make a suicide attempt that requires medical care this year, and more than 38,000 people will commit suicide.
Springfield is just one of more than 370 communities holding the suicide prevention walk this fall nationwide. The organization’s goal is to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20% by 2025.
Nationally, the nonprofit expects to raise more than $12-million for suicide prevention efforts this fall alone.
Those participating in Springfield’s community will take off from the Mass Mutual Center, then crosses over Columbus Avenue and past Riverfront Park starting at 10:45 Sunday morning.
22News is a proud sponsor of the Out of the Darkness walk, and as in previous years, 22News I-Team reporter Ryan Walsh will be emceeing the event.