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Holy Family students plan suicide-prevention walk

Holy Family University’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Club will host an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues.

The event is set for Saturday, April 17, from noon to 3 p.m., outside the Campus Center at Holy Family, 9801 Frankford Ave.

“Our Social and Behavioral Sciences Club students plan this event each year because they are so passionate about suicide prevention,” said Kimberly Dasch-Yee, associate professor of psychology at Holy Family and faculty adviser of the club. “I am proud that our students raise thousands of dollars each year for AFSP, and I’m even prouder that they help people on campus and in the community feel supported and less alone.”

The walk will start at the Campus Center and progress to Fluehr Park. There is no cost to participate in the walk, but registration is encouraged to allow participants to join a team or engage in individual fundraising efforts.

Registration is available at http://www.afsp.org/holyfamily through April 16 at noon. In-person registration is available at the walk from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Donations are also being accepted online through June 30. Walkers who raise $100 by April 17 will receive a “Hope Walks Here” T-shirt. Money will also be raised through raffles.

“The Social and Behavioral Sciences Club’s Out of the Darkness Campus Walk has been an event that I have participated in for the past four years at Holy Family University,” said Shannon McCombs, co-president of the club. “I hold it close to my heart because suicide should not be the end of anyone’s story.” ••

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