The UAB Department of Psychiatry participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Walk for the 4th year in a row at Heardmont Park on November 6th, 2011. The Alabama Chapter of AFSP hosted several walks throughout the state this year with over $144,000 raised and more than 2,000 people participating. UAB Psychiatry had a great team this year with faculty, staff, residents, and family members participating. We want to thank all of those that participated in the walk and encourage everyone in the Alabama community to join us next year.
These walks raise funds for much needed outreach and education in the community. Proceeds from the 2010 Out of the Darkness Walk provided suicide prevention DVD’s to every public and private high school and college in the state of Alabama at no charge. Alabama is the only state to have this resource system-wide. The major initiative for 2011 was to provide suicide prevention training, at no charge, to all health care professionals that care for our military personnel in Alabama. Recognizing that we have lost more soldiers to suicide than combat in the current conflicts, it is our resolve to assist in helping those who have served our country.
Below are some pictures from the 2011 Walk: