The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hosts Overnight Walk to Fight Suicide in Boston

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hosts Overnight Walk to Fight Suicide in Boston

Over 1,000 Expected to participate, raising awareness and funds to prevent 12th leading cause of death in Massachusetts

NEW YORK (June 6, 2019) – The nation’s largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), will host its Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Boston, MA, on June 22, 2019.

Over 1,000 participants from around the country will walk 16 miles from sunset to sunrise to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention efforts. The funds raised from this event supports research, educational programs, public policy advocacy, and programs to help those affected by suicide.

DATE: June 22-23, 2019

TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Opening ceremony begins (Saturday, June 22)

8:01 p.m. – 16-mile walk begins (Saturday, June 22)

5:15 a.m. – Closing ceremony begins (Sunday, June 23)

WHERE: Boston University Nickerson Field (Behind Case Athletic Center)

285 Babcock Street

Boston, MA 02215

WALK ROUTE: Highlights include: Kenmore Square, Public Garden, Boston Common, Fort Point Channel. Both opening and closing ceremonies will take place at BU’s Nickerson Field.

ATTENDEES: People who have lost someone to suicide, who have attempted suicide, and those who want to prevent suicide.

RSVP: Please email [email protected] if you would like to register to attend this event. Requests for media accreditation will be denied if applicants cannot establish they are professional journalists.

AUDIO/VISUAL: A mult box will be available on site for journalists upon request.

ADDITIONAL: The 2019 Massachusetts suicide statistics can be found here.  

Safe reporting guidelines here, and a video for any b-roll needs, here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis O’Brien, AFSP Public Relations Director, [email protected], 347-826-3577, on-site 202-441-8764

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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