September 16, 2016

Phillip Lane
College Relations

Students from John A. Logan College and SIU as well as people from surrounding communities recently walked through downtown Carbondale to help raise awareness about suicide.

The “Out of the Darkness Walk” was organized by LifeSavers from both JALC and SIU. The LifeSavers clubs help train students in skills such as active listening so they are capable of helping peers who may be going through a crisis.

The event had 86 total walkers and raised almost $5,000. Funds will be used to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reach their goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

Phillip Lane is a co-advisor for the club at Logan.

“The suicide statistics in this country are staggering,” Lane said. “It affects a lot of people, but for some reason we don’t feel comfortable talking about it. Events like this are good because it opens up that dialog.”

The night ended with a candle light circle to remember those who have been lost, and to show support for those attending.

“This is the first year we’ve held this event, and we were pleased with the turnout,” Lane said. “It exceeded our expectations.”

To learn more about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or the Out of the Darkness Walks, visit the Web site at: https://afsp.org/

For more information or to contact the JALC Lifesavers, send an email message to carolyngallegly@jalc.edu or philliplane@jalc.edu.