The Out of the Darkness Walk will be held Sept. 21 from 9
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center, and includes registration,
a brief ceremony and the walk. This free event benefits the American Foundation
for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
This annual walk held in cities around the U.S. raises
awareness and funds that allow the AFSP to invest in new research, create education
programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.
This year’s event co-chairs are Dr. Kevin Yaudes, McNeese
State University assistant professor of psychology and the Kay Dore’ Counseling
Center (KDCC) faculty adviser, and Dr. Angelique Ogea, dean of the Burton
College of Education.
The KDCC is establishing a clinical focus on suicide education
and prevention. The center is also working with several local organizations to
raise awareness on mental health.
"Statistics from the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office show
that the suicide rate in Calcasieu Parish is above both the state and national
average,” says Yaudes. "This is a problem for our community and only heightens
the importance of the Out of the Darkness Walk and other events that bring
attention to suicide education.”
This event is open free to the public. For more information
or to sign up as a volunteer, contact the Kay Dore’ Counseling Center at
Individuals and groups can register to participate in Out of
the Darkness by visiting afsp.donordrive.com.