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Out of the Darkness Walk Returns to Ocean City this September
New Celebration of Life Event added to night before the walk
 
Ocean City, MD – Take the first step towards saving lives this September at Out of the Darkness on the Boardwalk in Ocean City. On September 23, hundreds of walkers from across Maryland and beyond, will gather in Ocean City to memorialize the victims of suicide, offer support to friends and family, and to raise funds for suicide awareness and mental health first aid through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year, the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will also host a new “Celebration of Life” event the night before the walk, to memorialize friends and family lost to suicide. 
 
Several local organizations, including staff from the WCHD, use the funds generated by walkers to spread suicide awareness and prevention education in Maryland and Delaware’s coastal communities, where suicide rates are historically high. As in years past, walkers will gather at the band shell, at Caroline Street and the Boardwalk, with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. After opening remarks by Senator Jim Mathias, the procession will walk solemnly to 10th Street, turn and walk to the Inlet, then back to Caroline Street. 
 
Pledges collected by walkers and other Walk supporters contribute to the work of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading national organization doing suicide research and suicide prevention outreach. A portion of the funds raised in Ocean City comes back to the local community in the form of grants. Leading up to Out of the Darkness, participants are encouraged to share their stories on social media with the hashtag “Why I Walk,” to put a spotlight on the fight against suicide. 
 
“These walks mean so much to the families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide, as well as those who have had their own thoughts and struggles,” said Jessica Sexauer, director of the Core Service Agency for Worcester Health and Chair of the Walk. “The community walk provides an opportunity for families, friends, and loved ones to come together to honor a loved one lost to suicide, as well as resources to support those struggling.  One life lost to suicide is one too many, and this is just one of the ways we rally to reduce suicide and spread awareness in our community."
 
The five previous Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walks held in Ocean City have brought in over $170,000 to support local and national efforts to reduce suicide. Planning for the 6th Out of the Darkness Walk has already begun with the event scheduled for September 23, 2017 at Caroline Street and the Ocean City Boardwalk. Volunteers are welcome to join the Planning Committee and assist on the day of the event. Individuals interested in volunteering can contact Jessica Sexauer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about the Ocean City Out of the Darkness Walk, to raise your personal pledge team, or to pledge on behalf of an existing team, visit worcesterhealth.org. For information on the Celebration of Life event hosted the night before the walk, contact Monica Martin at 410-629-0164 ext.147.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:44
 
 

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