Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk is an annual event held on the University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI’s) campus at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Out of the Darkness is focused on addressing the stigma surrounding mental health care and suicide in our current society and working to improve suicide prevention on both local and national levels.

The event is open to all ages in our effort to educate and build an aware community to start the conversation of the importance of mental health. Out of the Darkness begins at 12:00 PM including the open lobby with attractions such as community outreach tables, a raffle, rock painting, shirt tie-dying, interactive educational displays, therapy dogs, free food, and much more!

At 2:00 PM, the event moves into the Great Hall where attendees are able to listen to a speaker share their mission in mental health and how suicide has impacted their life. After the speaking portion of the event, all who are able walk across campus to show the support of everyone who has been lost to suicide and to show support for all of those who feel like they have to suffer alone.

This event is all about creating an open and accepting community of people who are able to share their struggles and support one another in healing. The campus walk is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and UNI’s walk has created a goal of raising $30,000 at the 2020 walk. All of the funds raised at the walk will go to AFSP to fund educational research, support survivor outreach programs, and advocate for smarter mental health legislation.


Most importantly, Out of the Darkness is an event for hope and healing for any person who has been affected by mental health struggles at any point in their lives. The time to stand up to suicide and start talking about these struggles is now. We must work together in order to stand up against the stigma surrounding suicide and bring mental health out of the darkness and into the light where happiness and healing can truly happen.


Heart and Solutions, LLC is a sponsor of the event and will also be showing their support as a community outreach table! Heart and Solutions, LLC is here to help those who struggle with mental health in the form of Mental Health Therapy and Behavioral Health Intervention Services. Our talented team members utilize person centered, solution focused, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, as well as a variety of other evidence based interventions and curriculum that are custom tailored to the needs of our individual clients and families.


This year’s Out of the Darkness Walk is on April 4th at 12:00 PM at UNI’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. If you would like to register or donate for Out of the Darkness just click on the link below. We hope to see you there!


Post by Sam Galema

Hear more from Sam on the You Need a Counselor Podcast

Written by on March 15, 2020.

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