Out of the Darkness Campus Walk April 25

“Together we can do what I can’t!”

RCTC student Jenna Goldsmith is excited for the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk that will be happening on Saturday, April 25. RCTC is the first school in Minnesota to host an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) campus walk.

As the chair of the walk, Goldsmith is serious about bringing awareness to suicide and mental illness. While she’s been a participant at other AFSP walks, she got involved with the RCTC campus walk because the ripple effect she has seen in the lives of families and friends left behind. She has seen the effects of suicide from family, friends, and others, and she wants to show her support.

“Suicide is the number two leading cause of death for college-age students,” she said, “which is why it’s important that RCTC is hosting this event. As a community, we need to join forces and work together to raise awareness toward suicide prevention and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.”

The goal of the campus walk is to have other colleges follow suit and help bring awareness to suicide and mental illness.

Registration is currently open for the walk at www.afsp.donordrive.com. If you would rather donate and not walk, you can donate at the registration site as well.

Registration that morning is from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Atrium. Pennants and other craft items will be available for walkers to decorate in memory of loved ones as well as a ceremony honoring veterans. The ceremony will lead the walk, which is slated to start at 10 a.m.

“We’re hoping to get as many community members involved in this as possible.” By coming together as a community, Goldsmith is hopeful that those who are suffering will feel comfortable seeking help from professionals as well as other community members.

“It’s a worldwide problem. Suicide is preventable with the proper measures taken.”

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