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University Out of Darkness Walk Draws Record Participation

Published: April 11, 2017 | Categories: Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, All News

"It shows that people really care"

students walking to raise awareness

Western New England University held its annual Out of Darkness Campus Walk on April 8, with its largest participation ever. Depression, anxiety, and the risk of suicide among college students, are very serious and very preventable problems. The campus walk was held to support those struggling with depression and anxiety, and to increase awareness about the available of mental health services for people.

“It is a privilege to participate in this nationwide activity, and raise awareness about suicide prevention. The turnout is truly amazing,” remarked sophomore Ezra Kaim from Longmeadow MA. “The University community here is great with everyone so active on campus. It shows that people really care, and people want to demonstrate their commitment to finding solutions.” 

“I’ve joined the Out of Darkness Campus Walk for two years now and my commitment is stronger than ever,” explained Jessica LeClair, third-year PharmD student and co-chair of Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical Society. “This annual Walk is a really good experience and a great way to educate people about of this tragic but preventable problem.”

The Western New England University Out of Darkness Campus Walk is part of a nationwide walk that is done to unite supporters, increase awareness, and raise money for the efforts of suicide prevention.

View more photos of the walk here.