Out of the Darkness walk in Columbia raises awareness about suicide
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Hundreds of people gathered in Columbia Sunday for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk.
The event is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites the community as a part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Among those who participated were mother and daughter Lucy and Rebecca Caldwell.
Lucy who lost her husband and son to suicide walked alongside her daughter Rebecca who had attempted to take her own life more than once.
"For me, personally, having attempted, I think it's important to show people that there is recovery and there is hope on the other side, and it's okay to come back out and live, and things will be okay." said Rebecca Caldwell, surviving suicide victim.
The Caldwells say they are walking to take suicide out of the darkness and shine light on the importance of talking about it so that those who need help can receive it before it is too late.
The walk ended at the State House where doves were released into the air as a tribute to the victims of suicide.
The walk was a part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is the largest fundraiser to raise money for suicide prevention programs.
The program aims to unite those affected by suicide and create communities that are educated about the importance of mental health.