Walk into the Light

By Molly McAtee & Kira Stallworth

On April 13, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Club held an “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walk on Holy Family University’s campus.

This event was in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, meaning that 100% of the proceeds went to the organization. Participants spent their day walking three miles around the campus and coming together to support mental health awareness, as well as to provide a safe space for those struggling with depression to gain the help they need.

Aside from the walk itself, the event had other activities to entertain guests. For instance, there was a large raffle table filled with donations from local restaurants and companies. This drew a lot of attention from participants, since they were able to contribute more to the cause, while getting something in return.

One participant, Jamie Gentile, won a basket full of colorful stationery.

“I was so happy when they called my name,” she said. “I liked it because I was able to donate, while having fun.”

Furthermore, there was a photo station where one could capture a moment from the event to share on social media platforms, such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. At the station, people could incorporate the school mascot or props into their shot. There was even a Snapchat Geofilter to make the experience more unique and engaging.

At the end of the day, it was revealed that the walk raised $4,054 for suicide prevention. After months of planning and preparing for this emotional and impactful day, the volunteers who ran it were pleased to know that they were able to help this important cause so much.

“It was nice to see how the event touched those affected by suicide, and being a part of it was something truly special,” said co-President of SBS, Sarah Maloy.