Brent Smith and Zach Myers from Shinedown will join the DC101’s One More Light walk team. More than 2,500 people from throughout the D.C. metro area are expected to participate in the 12th annual Washington, D.C. “Out Of The Darkness” community walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on October 20 at the Lincoln Memorial.
The 2018 Washington, D.C. “Out Of The Darkness” community walk is one of more than 400 “Out Of The Darkness” community walks being held nationwide this year. These walks are expected to unite more than 250,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. The 2017 Washington, D.C. “Out Of The Darkness” community walk hosted more than 2,000 participants and raised over $260,000. This event supports AFSP’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.
“People from all walks of life must be compassionate and understanding toward one another,” says Smith. “When we do that, we can help save lives. We will walk on Saturday to show our support for our fellow brothers and sisters, and show the entire world that we recognize that mental health is just as real as physical health.”
“These walks are about turning hope into action,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “Suicide is a serious problem, but it’s a problem we can solve. The research has shown us how to fight suicide, and if we keep up the fight the science is only going to get better, our culture will get smarter about mental health, and we’ll be able to save more lives.”