Hospital and Health Care Staff Walk to Bring Suicide Out of the Darkness

Dec. 27, 2019 – Hospital and health care workers at Providence St. Joseph Health continue to prioritize mental health and wellness across the Western U.S. Over the past two years, 961 PSJH employees have walked in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walks, raising a combined $56,000 in the fight to #StopSuicide. That’s because a group of passionate employees at Providence St. Joseph Health, the nation’s largest health system, are stepping up to address this leading cause of death.

Providence knows there are solutions and opportunities for change, which is why we work together with partners such as Zero Suicide, Well Being Trust, and AFSP to transform the way mental health care is provided and ensure everyone has access to high quality care. Combined with community outreach and activism through the walks, Providence is dedicated to making a difference.

Teams are made up of staff from PSJH’s local hospitals, clinics and other health care services. Team captains include nurses, administration leaders, doctors and mental health workers. Together they are donating hours of their time to throw team events and fundraisers, post flyers, and present to hospital and community groups, all to raise awareness of suicide within and beyond the hospital walls.

“Our communities can no longer endure the devastation of suicide. With someone dying by suicide every 12.8 minutes in the U.S., we can’t afford to be silent. I’m proud our caregivers are coming together for the Out of Darkness Walks to show our communities they’re never alone in dealing with mental illness and suicide. I invite everyone – including those who work in health care and those who care about this problem – to take a step in the right direction and walk with us,” said Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health.

To find an AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk near you, click here.

Learn how Providence St. Joseph Health is advancing the future of mental health.


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