WASHINGTON, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk is the largest annual fundraising event held by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. On average, one person dies by suicide every 11 days in the District making suicide the 18th leading cause of death overall in area. Participants from across the country will walk more than 16 miles from sunset until sunrise to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention in Washington, D.C. Starting at the Lincoln Memorial, the route will take walkers past scenic monuments leading them into the heart of Georgetown. Money raised from this event supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which funds research, offers educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports those affected by suicide. Watch a three- minute video about the event: http://bit.ly/2odUWMf.
DATE: June 17-18, 2017
TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Opening ceremony begins (Saturday, June 17)
8:01 p.m. – 16 mile walk begins (Saturday, June 17)
5:15 a.m. – Closing ceremony begins (Sunday, June 18)
WHERE: Lincoln Memorial Plaza
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20002
WALK ROUTE: Highlights include: Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Capitol Reflecting Pool, U.S. Capitol, U.S. Navy Memorial, The White House, Union Station, Farragut Square Park, Dupont Circle, and Georgetown.
ATTENDEES: People who have lost someone to suicide, who have attempted suicide, and those who want to prevent suicide.
RSVP: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to register to attend this event. Requests for media accreditation will be denied if applicants cannot establish they are professional journalists. AFSP will not be responsible for journalists' travel costs and/or other expenses.
AUDIO/VISUAL: A mult box will be available on site for journalists upon request.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention