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Out of the Darkness Walk raises suicide awareness

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Families and friends from throughout the Capital Region who have lost of a loved one to suicide along with those who want to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness will gather to awareness and funds to help prevent suicide. 

The Out of the Darkness Walk for R.I.T.A. supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) with pledges collected by walk participants to fund local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs, fund scientific research of depression and other mental illnesses, and provide support for those impacted by suicide.

Tens of thousands of "Out of the Darkness Walk" participants from across the country will participate in the more than 270 similar walks this year with a goal of raising more than $9 million.  More than 1,200 were expected to participate in the Capital Region walk.