‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ brings light to suicide awareness on lakefront

CHICAGO — Thousands gathered for the ‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ to deliver hope to psychological well being and suicide prevention in the present day by the lakefront. 

When this stroll began 19 years in the past, just some hundred confirmed up.

This year, greater than 4,000 got here to present assist to survivors and those that have lost family members.  

Jessie Saban got here to stroll in honor of her cousin who she mentioned, battled issues no one ought to battle — and that he lost that battle to psychological sickness.

“Jonathan was the most amazing person ever. He was always there for everyone,” Saban mentioned.

Every step at the “Out of the Darkness Walk” has a narrative. Many others got here to merely lend a voice to psychological well being awareness trigger.

Angela Cummings from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Illinois Chapter mentioned to be cautious of warning indicators in others.

“There are distinct risk factors, and there are some very simple interventions with the people that can actually save a life,” Cummings mentioned.

At a time when suicide prevention and psychological well being hit crucial awareness, walks like this assist to shine a light and provides hope.

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