Out of the Darkness Sheds Light on Suicide Prevention

It was a beautiful fall day in Texoma and dozens of people were out enjoying the weather while raising money for a cause close to their heart.

The "Out of the Darkness" walk brought families from across Texoma together to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says each year more people die by suicide than by homicide.

They walked together, cheered one another on and shared their stories, remembering the loved ones they lost by suicide and finding comfort in finding their voice to bring awareness.

“Suicide is silenced and it shouldn't be, its a cause that awareness needs to be brought to it because so many suffer in silence, they need to know that there's people here that can stand behind them,” says Out of the Darkness organizer Kimberly Russell.

And even though speaking out can't bring back their loved ones, learning to not hide from what happened helps them heal.

“I wanted my daughters to understand that in loosing their father that they didn't need to be ashamed that it was okay to let people know that they lost their dad from by suicide that it wasn't anything to feel guilty over and be embarrass,” says Organizer Tiffany Dame.

Now they honor their loved ones, instead of hiding by always keeping them pinned close to their hearts, each walker can pick up a ribbon or multiple ribbons, each color representing someone different they lost from suicide.

After the walk each family member or friend lost by suicide is honored, their name is read and a loved one picks up a flower.

Even though emotions run high, participants say it helps to know their loved ones are remembered.

“It's him being remembered, it's everybody remembering my brother and taking time for memories, everybody days what they remember about him and thinking about him, it's just real therapeutic for me,” says Out of the Darkness walker Kori Henry.

Organizers say they hope their message of help and support reaches those who need it most.

“Learn to cope through pain, heal through sharing and find someone that you can relate to,” says Russell.

If you are looking for help or would like to donate to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention visit their website.

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