Los Alamos American Foundation For Suicide Prevention ‘Out of Darkness Walk Day’ Sept. 26

Following up on the Sept. 8 County Council proclamation of Saturday, Sept. 26 as the ‘Out of Darkness Walk Day’, Randi Simmons for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention assembles supporters at East Park in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Council Official Proclamation:

WHEREAS: in the State of New Mexico, 442 deaths occurred by suicide which account for 2.4% of all manners of death; and

WHEREAS: in Los Alamos County alone, suicide accounted for 20% of all manners of death, New Mexico ranks fourth in our nation; and

WHEREAS: it is estimated that 4.73 million people in the United States have lost loved ones to suicide; and

WHEREAS: suicide is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity or socio-economics status; and

WHEREAS: organizations such as American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsor events such as the Los Alamos Out of the Darkness Walk to raise funds for research aimed at improving understanding of suicide and ways to prevent it; and

WHEREAS: the New Mexico Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides educational programs, materials to increase awareness about prevention, warning signs that can lead to suicide; and

NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, we do hereby proclaim Saturday, September 26, 2015 as: “LOS ALAMOS AFSP OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK DAY”

In Los Alamos County. On this day, we will all raise awareness of mental health and removal of stigma of suicide. We encourage our citizens to join at East Park.

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