Bonham wants people to walk away from thoughts of taking their own lives. Suicide awareness and raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are the focuses behind Saturday’s Bonham Out of the Darkness Community Walk.
The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Legacy Ridge Country Club.
“The Glaser family lost a family member to suicide about three years ago,” Annabelle Chamberlain of the Glaser Family Charitable Foundation said. “They started doing the Bonham walk because of Savannah and others that may have been lost to suicide and to bring together families that may have lost someone to suicide.”
This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs and the goal of the foundation is to help to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.
“The importance of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is to bring information to schools,” Chamberlain said. “They want to provide the youth with information about how to notice the changes with their friends to let someone know if something is wrong as well as to teach them that it is okay to talk about this and to talk about the feelings they are having.”
Suicide prevention, Chamberlain said, also brings awareness about mental health issues.
“Suicide can be the result of mental health issues,” she said. “People sometimes forget that.”
The Bonham Walk is part of a national Out of the Darkness walk movement which includes of community walks, campus walks and overnight walks each year. There were more than 500 walks throughout the United States hosted by AFSP in 2016.
“There are so many people who have lost family members or friends,” Chamberlain said. “This walk brings people together that have faced some of the same issues. It also lets survivors know that they are not alone.”
Proceeds from the walks support programs like Talk Saves Lives.
“People need to know that they do not have to donate to come,” Chamberlain said. “It is not a requirement. This is just to help people and to teach people when to get help for themselves or for others that may be dealing with something.”
For more information about suicide prevention, visit afsp.com. If you are looking for support, call 1-800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.