Preparations begin for “Out of Darkness” suicide prevention walk

“Out of Darkness” walk calls attention to lives lost to suicide in western Massachusetts.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Preparations are under way for next month’s “Out of Darkness” walk, which calls attention to lives lost to suicide in western Massachusetts.

Preliminary fundraisers are being held in advance of the October 21st walk. Saturday, Bruce Bartlett and Carol Beal of Holyoke raised money for team Rusty, a loved one who died by suicide.

Beal told 22News, “It’s definitely painful, but we’re just trying to get the word out, awareness to suicides, Nobody else has to go through the heartache, the tragedy that we suffered with my brother.”

Advocates of awareness, who’ve lost loved ones, held a fundraiser Saturday afternoon at Rusty’s restaurant in Holyoke.

The money they’ve raised will be used for programs that heighten awareness for families and individuals struggling to prevent someone close to them from taking their own lives.

This year’s out of darkness walk will be held on October 21st at School Street Park in Agawam.