Hundreds participate in suicide prevention walk

Hundreds participate in suicide prevention walk
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) held an Out of the Darkness walk in Surf City to raise awareness about mental health Sunday.

SURF CITY, NC (WECT) - The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) held an Out of the Darkness walk in Surf City to raise awareness about mental health Sunday.

More than 300 people walked in support of the cause. The event raised more than $13,000. Half of that money will go towards the AFSP, and the other half will go towards the Surf City community for suicide prevention education.

The two mile walk started at Sound Side Park.

The main goal for the group was to spread awareness about mental health, according to organizers.

“We’re here to say that the healthiest thing that people can do is be open to talk about it and to connect with other people,” Betsy Rhodes said.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national group that does walks around the country, and other events to help spread awareness about mental health.

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