Into the light

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide can be prevented.

The annual Ventura County Out of the Darkness Community Walk, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles and Central Coast Chapter, will be held at 9 a.m. Sat., Sept. 15 at Constitution Park, 1287 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo.

Speakers at the walk will include Jena Moraga and Hannah Yale, residents who will share how suicide has affected their lives.

The walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education and support programs. Its goal to reduce the annual U.S. rate of suicide 20 percent by the year 2025.

Volunteers from Ventura County will join the quarter of a million people who are walking in towns across the United States to draw attention to suicide prevention during National Suicide Prevention Week taking place Sept. 9 through 15.

Last year, the walks raised over $21 million for suicide prevention. Last year the local event brought in over $76,000 and had 1,019 participants.

“Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by walking we will draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a suicide loss. Our ultimate goal is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Destiny Foster, walk co-chair and Greater Los Angeles and Central Coast Chapter board member.

For more information, visit afsp.org/VC.