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Out of the Darkness Walk on suicide prevention turns virtual due to pandemic

FORT KENT, Maine — Although it will take on a different format this year, the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention is still a go in the St. John Valley. 

The annual walk, which Northern Maine Medical Center sponsors, raises money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to bring awareness to and provide education about suicide prevention and support survivors of suicide loss. The 2020 Out of the Darkness Walk will take place throughout the month of September.

“It will be virtual and we are encouraging people to walk wherever, whenever and with whoever they want in the month of September,” said event organizer Andrea Dumond. 

Last year, walkers raised $10,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, while shining a light on suicide awareness and prevention.  The Out of the Darkness Walk is part of a nationwide initiative by the foundation to reduce the annual rate of suicide in the United States 20 percent by 2025. 

Registration for the local walk is free and prizes will be awarded at the end of September. To register for the walk or for information visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website at afsp.org. Additional information is available at the 2020 St. John Valley Out of the Darkness Experience Facebook page. 

Those in need of immediate crisis services can contact the Maine Crisis Line at 1-888-568-1112 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). TheLifeline  also offers a Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 7741741.

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