All hands on deck for suicide prevention

Photo Courtesy: U.S. Navy

From the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Gulf, hundreds of sailors fought an enemy that affects millions of people from within.  They led a walk out of the darkness Sunday to raise awareness for depression and suicide.  It’s a smaller version of the annual “Out of the Darkness” walks across the nation, including Hampton Roads.

“The purpose of this walk is to generate awareness about depression and suicide,” Lieutenant Commander Jason Duff told the official blog of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.  “It also serves as a time of remembrance for people who may have been lost to depression or suicide.”

Sailors carry paper cranes which stand for a celebration of life.

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports more than 41,000 people took their own lives in the United States in 2013: one every 12.8 minutes.

WAVY News 10’s Tom Schaad will be hosting the 10th annual Out of the Darkness Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Saturday, September 12 at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach.  Click here to register.


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