Student Affairs

Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk set for Saturday, March 30


Tigers Together to Stop Suicide is hosting the ninth annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk in support of suicide prevention awareness. The walk, a national event through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will take place on Saturday, March 30 beginning and ending at the Outdoor Amphitheater (rain location will be Hendrix Student Center Meeting Rooms A and B). On-site registration opens at 11 a.m., and the opening ceremony starts at noon.

Javis Austin, a Clemson native and football program alum, will share his inspiring mental health journey as the day’s keynote speaker. After surviving a suicide attempt, he resolved to build his life on a foundation of faith, respect, responsibility and communication. He has become an advocate for mental health and a beacon of hope for those who may be silently battling as well.

Delana Reynolds, assistant director of Healthy Campus and leader of Tigers Together, worked with a group of students to organize the campus walk and bring the Clemson community together in support those affected by suicide, sending the message that no one is alone.

“In unity, we find strength. We hope you’ll join us as we step into the light together and remember that hope is a powerful force against the darkness of stigma, silence and perceived isolation that comes with suicide,” said Reynolds. “At Clemson University, we are a community committed to breaking the silence surrounding mental health challenges. Join us for the Out of the Darkness Walk as we strive towards a brighter future, fostering understanding, support and compassion. Let’s stand as advocates for one another and make a difference for those who need it most.”

Participants do not have to pay to walk, although Tigers Together will be fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. People who raise $100 or more will receive a free t-shirt.

To register, donate or create a walk team, visit the Out of the Darkness Clemson University Campus Walk webpage.

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.