Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Back in September of 2009, I came home to find my best friend collapsed on the floor of my apartment in Salt Lake City. He had attempted suicide. I spent the ten days that followed in a tiny hospital waiting room with his family and friends, until he finally did wake up. To this day, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t remember that day.

Help is available! If you are having thoughts of ending your life please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’

Every year since then, I have joined with thousands of people nationwide who walk in the AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 39,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor their work more urgent.

Facts About Suicide


  • In 2013 (latest available data), there were 41,149 reported suicide deaths.
  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 15 and 64 years in the United States.
  • Currently, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • A person dies by suicide about every 12.8 minutes in the United States.
  • Every day, approximately 112 Americans take their own life.
  • Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • There are four male suicides for every female suicide, but three times as many females as males attempt suicide.
  • 494,169 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves (not necessarily intending to take their lives) for every reported death by suicide.


  • 25 million Americans suffer from depression each year.
  • Over 50 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.
  • Depression affects nearly 5-8 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year.
  • More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people with depression respond positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. But first, depression has to be recognized.

The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and other mood disorders.

Learn more at afsp.org or call 888-333-AFSP.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2013.

The Salt Lake City Walk

This year the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Salt Lake City was moved from Sugarhouse Park to Liberty Park and featured live music, a silent auction, and a variety of activities and vendors, and was hosted by local X96 Radio From Hell host Bill Allred. With over 3,000 registered participants, the walk raised over $115,000!

Help is available! If you are having thoughts of ending your life please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’