The Clemson University community is coming together in support of suicide prevention awareness. The Out of the Darkness Walk — held annually on college campuses across the country since 2010 in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — is scheduled for Saturday, April 1.
Event registration begins at 11 a.m. in Old Main Auditorium, followed by a formal program and walk at 12 p.m. Clemson alum Daniel Solomon ‘20 will deliver a keynote address. During his time at Clemson, Solomon co-founded a student organization focused on raising awareness for mental health.
“Suicide is the third-leading death in the United States among those between the ages of 10 and 19,” said Associate Director of Healthy Campus Delana Reynolds. “Clemson is committed to building a community of advocates to support students, faculty and staff who have been personally impacted by suicide or suicidal thoughts. The Out of the Darkness Walk helps raise awareness of mental health support on our campus and beyond. We look forward to our community coming together for this year’s event.”
Healthy Campus is the educational arm of Student Health Services and provides Tigers Together Advocacy Training on request. These hour-long workshops review college suicide statistics, discuss suicide myths, share warning signs and symptoms, provide guidance on mental health referrals, develop relationship skills and engage attendees in experiential exercises.