UPTOWN — The Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk along Chicago’s lakefront this weekend aims to create awareness and raise funds for mental health services and suicide prevention.
The free event begins 9 a.m. Saturday at Montrose Harbor and will continue for 3 miles along the shoreline. To register, click here. A virtual option is also available for people not comfortable participating in person.
The event is an opportunity for people impacted by suicide to come together and find ways to help others, said Courtney Collins, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s regional director for Illinois and Missouri.
“Especially after the trying year we have all been through, events such as this one are critical for helping individuals who may be struggling with mental health issues,” she said.
Donations are being accepted as part of the event, and every dollar raised will be invested in research, education, advocacy and support for those impacted by suicide, according to organizers. As of Thursday, the fundraiser has collected $525,000 toward its $750,000 goal.
The first walk was held in 2004.
“The walk offers people the opportunity to share their stories and honor their loved ones,” said Erika Barber, who is participating in the walk. “And voice their passion and advocacy for change so that we can collectively make a difference in the lives of others impacted by mental health issues and suicide.”
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