Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. More than 200 people from throughout Grays Harbor are expected to participate in the annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, October 4 at Morrison Riverfront Park. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's local and national programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.

"We walk to support those who suffer from mental health conditions and raise the money for research and prevention programs that will save lives," said Krista Harper, Aberdeen Out of The Darkness Walk Chair, of the Washington State Chapter of AFSP.

The Aberdeen Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 360 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this fall. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts.

"These walks are about turning hope into action," said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. "Suicide is a serious problem, but it's a problem we can solve. The research has shown us how to fight suicide, and if we keep up the fight the science is only going to get better, our culture will get smarter about mental health, and we'll be able to save more people from dying from depression and other mental health conditions."

Local AFSP sponsors for the Aberdeen Out of the Darkness Community Walk include The Jet 105.7, QMart, Pasha Automotive, NAMI Washington Coast, Durney Insurance Inc., RW Construction Custom Cabinets, OSRMā€Ocean Shores Residential Mowing, Grays Harbor Herald, Jay's Farm Stand, and Starbucks.