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Eastern Michigan University Leads Community Walk For Suicide Prevention

Sep 28, 2017

The "Out of the Darkness Community Walk" will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.
Credit Eastern Michigan University

Most everyone has been touched one way or another by suicide.  To raise awareness of suicide prevention, a community walk is planned Friday, September 29th on the Eastern Michigan University campus.  The Out of the Darkness Community Walk will begin with opening remarks from local 12th district Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with Congresswoman Dingell about the event.

Dingell says the suicide prevention walk is important to help remove the stigma of mental health issues and let people know it’s okay to talk about.

“To help support you and to give you options to talk about this, and most importantly, that nobody’s ever alone,” says Dingell.

Credit Eastern Michigan University

Congresswoman Dingell revealed her own sister died of a drug overdose and speculates it may have been intentional, although some family members may feel otherwise.

The event is a fundraiser and EMU will receive half the money raised for programs and events related to mental health.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu