URI community to walk to prevent suicide Sept. 30

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WHO: Hundreds of University of Rhode Island community members will walk Sunday to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention.

WHAT: Students, faculty and staff will participate in the fourth Out of the Darkness Community Walk, an initiative of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are 3- to 5-mile walks taking place in over 250 communities across the country this year. The walk comes just as a new study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health, says, “A global public health problem, suicide has emerged as the leading cause of total unintentional and intentional mortality in the United States, followed by motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, falls and homicide.”

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Walk begins with activities inside the URI Memorial Union Ballroom, 50 Lower College Road, Kingston Campus. The walk will follow most of the main roads encircling the campus.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Call Dave Lavallee, URI Communications and Marketing, 401-783-2522 or cell, 401-465-4291.