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The Out of the Darkness Community and Overnight walks benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by raising awareness on suicide and depression, raising money for research and education to prevent suicide from taking place, and providing assistance and a safe outlet for survivors of suicide. There are more than 30,000 suicide deaths in the United States each year. Ninety percent of those who die by suicide could have benefited from mental assistance. Someone in the U.S. dies by suicide every 16 minutes.[1] Over $850K has been raised to date for the cause of suicide prevention and education by the AFSP through the Out of the Darkness program. The Community Walks are typically 5k (3.10 miles).

In addition to the Community Walks, there is also an Overnight Walk, usually in only two or three host cities each year. In 2008, the walks will be in Seattle and New York, will start at 8pm and begin to close at 5am. The Overnight, as it is called, is 20 miles.[2]

There are 105 communities around the United States hosting Community Walks in 2007.

List of 2007 Community Walks by:

Alabama Birmingham Heardmont Park 9/29/2007
California Los Angeles Santa Monica Third Street Promenade 10/7/2007
California San Diego NTC Promenade in Liberty Station-Point Loma 9/15/2007
California San Francisco Crissy Field 9/29/2007
California Yreka Wal-Mart Parking Lot 9/8/2007
Colorado Denver Sloan's Lake Park 10/21/2007
Connecticut Fairfield/Westport Sherwood Island State Park 9/30/2007
Connecticut West Hartford MDC Reservoir 10/14/2007
Delaware Dover Silver Lake 10/20/2007
District of Columbia Washington C & O Canal 9/22/2007
Florida Boca Raton Patch Reef Park 10/14/2007
Florida Jacksonville Jacksonville Beach 10/27/2007
Florida Miami Tropical Park 10/27/2007
Florida Sarasota Siesta Key Beach 10/28/2007
Florida Tampa Bay Area Clearwater Beach 11/17/2007
Georgia Atlanta Piedmont Park 10/28/2007
Georgia Warner Robins Cohen Walker Drive 10/14/2007
Georgia Winder/Barrow County Fort Yargo State Park 9/1/2007
Illinois Bloomington/Normal Colene Hoose School 10/20/2007
Illinois Chicago Busse Woods 9/29/2007
Indiana Benton County Fowler Town Park 9/16/2007
Indiana Indianapolis Indianapolis Downtown Canal 9/22/2007
Iowa Des Moines Gray's Lake 9/23/2007
Iowa Mason City Southbridge Mall 10/6/2007
Kentucky Argillite Greenbo State Park 10/20/2007
Kentucky Louisville Seneca Park 11/3/2007
Louisiana Lafayette Downtown Lafayette 9/15/2007
Maine Bangor Hayford Park 9/30/2007
Maine Houlton Historic Downtown Houlton 9/22/2007
Maine Portland Baxter Boulevard Back Cove Trail 9/9/2007
Maryland Baltimore (SPEAK/AFSP) The Baltimore & Annapolis Trail 10/13/2007
Maryland Brunswick C & O Canal National Historical Park 10/20/2007
Maryland Montgomery County (SPEAK/AFSP) Great Falls Carderock 10/6/2007
Massachusetts Boston/Brighton Artensani Park 10/13/2007
Massachusetts Springfield Jewish Community Center 10/7/2007
Michigan Ann Arbor Pioneer High School 9/16/2007
Michigan Grand Rapids Millennium Park 10/6/2007
Michigan Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Fell Park 10/13/2007
Michigan Lansing Potters Park 9/15/2007
Michigan Metro Detroit/Macomb County Metro Beach Park 9/30/2007
Michigan Metro Detroit/Oakland County Metro Beach Park 9/30/2007
Michigan Metro Detroit/Oakland County Kensington Park 10/7/2007
Minnesota St. Paul Como Park 9/16/2007
Missouri Kansas City Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee, Kansas 9/30/2007
Missouri St. Louis Forest Park 11/4/2007
Montana Billings Veterans Park 10/7/2007
Montana Kalispell Depot Park 9/29/2007
Nebraska Omaha Miller's Landing Park/Riverwalk Trail 9/16/2007
Nevada Las Vegas Lorenzi Park 11/10/2007
New Hampshire Hanover/Lebanon Dartmouth College 11/4/2007
New Hampshire Portsmouth Prescott Park 9/29/2007
New Jersey Atlantic County Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park 8/18/2007
New Jersey Bridgewater Duke Island Park 7/29/2007
New Jersey New Brunswick Buccleuch Park 10/14/2007
New York Buffalo South Park 9/30/2007
New York Capital Region (Walk for Rita) Saratoga Race Course 9/16/2007
New York Catskill Catskill Elks Club 10/7/2007
New York Fredonia SUNY Fredonia Campus 10/6/2007
New York Long Island Old Westbury Gardens 9/30/2007
New York Manhattan Hudson River Park 9/23/2007
New York Potsdam SUNY Potsdam Campus - Campus Union 11/3/2007
New York Rochester Genesee Valley Park 10/13/2007
New York Staten Island Clove Lake Park 10/14/2007
New York Syracuse Beaver Lake Nature Center 10/7/2007
New York Watertown General Brown High School 9/9/2007
New York Westchester County Croton Point Park 10/7/2007
North Carolina Chapel Hill Town Commons, Carrboro 11/4/2007
North Carolina Charlotte Freedom Park 9/15/2007
North Carolina Winston-Salem Tanglewood Park 9/22/2007
North Dakota Fargo Island Park Gazebo 9/30/2007
Ohio Cincinnati Ault Park 10/14/2007
Ohio Cleveland Metro Area Lake Metropark Farmpark in Kirtland 10/20/2007
Ohio Columbus Fred Beekman Park 9/9/2007
Ohio Greenville Greenville City Park 9/22/2007
Ohio Lima The Rotary Riverwalk 10/13/2007
Ohio Piqua Edison Community College 9/29/2007
Ohio Toledo University of Toledo - University Trail 9/29/2007
Ohio Wood County Downtown Bowling Green 10/7/2007
Oregon Portland World Trade Center Portland 10/20/2007
Pennsylvania Allentown Lehigh Parkway 10/14/2007
Pennsylvania Brodheadsville/Poconos Chestnut Hill Township Park 8/25/2007
Pennsylvania Harrisburg City Island & Riverfront Park 9/29/2007
Pennsylvania Lancaster The Millersville University Track 10/20/2007
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia Museum of Art 10/7/2007
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh McCandless Pavilion-North Park 9/22/2007
Pennsylvania Wilkes-Barre Kirby Park 9/16/2007
Rhode Island Providence Waterplace Park 9/30/2007
South Carolina Charleston Hampton Park, downtown Charleston 11/4/2007
South Carolina Columbia Riverfront Park 10/21/2007
Tennessee Memphis Memphis Botanic Garden 10/20/2007
Texas Amarillo Medical Center Park 9/22/2007
Texas Austin Capitol Grounds 9/23/2007
Texas Brownsville Lincoln Park 10/13/2007
Texas Dallas/Fort Worth]] Oak Point Park, Plano 10/13/2007
Texas Flower Mound Parker Square 11/3/2007
Texas Houston Stude Park / White Oak Hike & Bike Trail 11/3/2007
Texas Wichita Falls Lucy Park 10/13/2007
Utah Provo Provo Canyon's Parkway Trail 10/6/2007
Vermont Brattleboro Brattleboro Masonic Center 10/13/2007
Vermont Burlington Battery Park 10/6/2007
Virginia Fairfax Station Burke Lake 10/13/2007
Virginia Hampton Roads Mount Trashmore, Virginia Beach 10/6/2007
Virginia Reston Reston Town Center 10/7/2007
Virginia Winchester Winchester Moose Lodge 9/29/2007
Washington Seattle Seattle Waterfront 10/27/2007
Wisconsin Burlington MGA Research Corp. 11/3/2007
Wisconsin Fond du Lac Marian College 10/19/2007
Wisconsin Madison Vilas Park 9/30/2007

ReferencesEdit

  1. AFSP: Community Walks Home. Retrieved September 18, 2007.
  2. AFSP: Overnight Home. Retrieved September 19, 2007.

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