For 10 years Johns Hopkins University has supported the mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Maryland chapter by hosting an annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. Today, more than ever, many in this country are calling for their leaders to make suicide prevention and mental health awareness a national priority.
The 11th JHU Out of the Darkness Walk, hosted by Health Promotion and Well-Being (previously known as the Center for Health Education and Well-Being), will be held on Saturday, April 29.
In an effort to engage even more of the Johns Hopkins community, the walk, previously begun at the School of Nursing on the East Baltimore campus, will be held this year on the Homewood campus. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. at the Ralph S. O'Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being for on-site registration, activities, resource tables, and grab-and-go breakfast. The 2.3-mile walk will take place around the perimeter of the campus.
This annual gathering is held to support mental health awareness, suicide prevention, community connectedness, and hope. The intention is for all members of the university community to know that they are not alone and that JHU cares about their well-being.
The offices of Student Health and Well-Being and Benefits & Worklife encourage faculty, staff, students, families, and friends to support AFSP's mission to save lives and bring hope by walking or raising funds.
To make this event a success, you are asked to do three things:
- Save the date: Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Sign up today at afsp.org/jhu. Registration is free. You can sign up as an individual participant or create/join a team (e.g., JHU school, department, club, group, in memory of/in honor of).
- Help promote the walk: The event is open to the entire Johns Hopkins community, as well as to friends and partners in the Baltimore and D.C. areas. Share the flyer with friends, family, colleagues, students, alumni, and neighbors.
For more information about AFSP and its Maryland chapter, go to afsp.org and afsp.org/chapter/maryland.
Suicide is an issue that impacts many of us, through our own struggles or experiences with friends, loved ones, or colleagues. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with suicidal thoughts, there is help:
- Johns Hopkins Employee Assistance Program (JHEAP): 888-978-1262
- Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP): 443-287-7000, press 1
- JHU Counseling Center (Homewood/Peabody): 410-516-8278
- Behavioral Health Crisis Support Team (Homewood/Charles Village/Peabody/Mount Vernon): 410-516-WELL (9355)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
- Chat: 988lifeline.org
- Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741
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