UofL hosts suicide awareness walk

Updated: Apr. 9, 2017 at 11:53 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than 250 people participated in the annual Out of the Darkness campus walk today at UofL.

It was hosted by the UofL Card SPEAK Program, and was a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The organization has a goal of reducing the annual suicide rate by 20 percent by the year 2025. It hopes to achieve that goal through education and advocacy programs.

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"About one in 10 college students at any given time will experience and contemplate suicide," UofL student Sara Williams said. "So, the walks were started as a way to raise awareness that suicide happens to more people than we actually think."

Last year, UofL's Campus Walk raised more than $7,000 and had 150 participants.

Louisville's Out of the Darkness walk was just one of more than 125 walks being held nationwide for the cause this year.

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