Clarksville Hike for Hope

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recently hosted Hike for Hope at Rotary Park.

Mary Reed and Nancy Walker organized the event which was the area's fourth walk of 2018, and part of the Out of Darkness series.

Brenda Williams-Denbo lost her husband to suicide, she took a few minutes to talk about AFSP and the work they do.

“We are the Middle Tennessee Chapter of AFSP,” Williams-Denbo said. “We get together to talk about our experiences, and our losses. We have suicide loss survivors, people who struggle with depression, and people who have lost a friend or relative. Also, there are supporters from the mental health field, and veterans' organizations.

“We honor our loved ones who are missing with the bubble ceremony, It's a chance for all of us to connect, and then we walk together.”

AFSP is a non-profit organization that raises awareness, and funds suicide prevention research and training in the community.

“I would say, everyone knows someone, even if they're not aware that someone close to them is struggling,” Williams-Denbo said. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Tennessee. It ranks 2nd among young Tennesseans, age 10 – 24. White men in their 40's and 50's are also a huge at-risk group. It touches so many people.”

More information about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention can be found at www.afsp.org

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