More than three hundred people gathered at the City Plaza in Downtown Chico today to participate in the 4th annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk. The goal is to create awareness on suicide and depression in the community.
People attached signs with names on their backs representing different people who have committed suicide. Three different speakers spoke about their personal struggles with suicide and losing loved ones. More than twenty different community organizations had booths setup to share their resources and services.
Ariel Ellis, Volunteer Coordinator for Out of the Darkness said, “They're just trying to encourage people that it does get better and that there's help they can get, and that there are resources in the community that want to help.” All of the money raised from the walk today will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.