Out of the Darkness Walks

Monarch staff and friends gather to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Charlotte.

Every day, approximately 130 Americans die by suicide and there is one death by suicide every 11 minutes. Every 11 minutes. If you take into account the lives of family members, friends, co-workers and others who may be affected by these losses, the numbers are staggering.

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention organizes Out of the Darkness (OOTD) Walks in hundreds of communities across the country to raise awareness about suicide and fund support, research, education programs, advocacy and support for survivors of suicide loss. Monarch staff, people we support and families and friends participated in the Charlotte walk in 2019.

This year, we are expanding our participation to several communities across North Carolina and are inviting you to join us! As one of North Carolina’s largest behavioral health providers, our presence and sponsorship of these events is important and you’re invited to participate.

Mark your calendars now and encourage your family and friends to join. If you work with a group of people we support that would like to attend, please invite them to participate. We’ll have special surprises for participants and look forward to seeing you to spread a message of hope and help in the communities we serve! The Foundation for Suicide Prevention Presents Out of the Darkness (OOTD) Walks in hundreds of communities across the country and North Carolina. Monarch is sponsoring the following OOTD Walks:

  • Sunday, September 26, 2021
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Fleming Loop Park,
    501 Fleming Loop Rd,
    Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
    Sign Up Here

  • Saturday, October 9, 2021
    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Triad Park
    9652 W Market St,
    Kernersville, NC 27284
    Sign Up Here

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021
    12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Symphony Park at South Park,
    4400 Sharon Rd,
    Charlotte, NC 28211
    Sign Up Here

This event gives people the courage to open up about their own connections to the cause, and a platform to create a culture that’s smarter about mental health. Friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers walk side-by-side, supporting each other and in memory of those we’ve lost. 

Questions? Contact Brian Gott, Public Relations Manager with Monarch, at Brian.Gott@monarchnc.org or (704) 777-2345.

Posted on: Monday July 26, 2021