Students holding a banner

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. On Wednesday, March 2 more than 150 students, employees and community members participated in the inaugural Hawaiʻi Out of Darkness campus walk at Honolulu Community College.

This walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.

A booth at the Out of Darkness event

Community resource organizations were on hand to share information.

“We walk to support those who suffer from mental health conditions and honor those that have passed away from suicide. This is a first for the University of Hawaiʻi System and we were honored to host this walk on our campus,” says Kimberly Gallant, licensed clinical social worker of Honolulu Community College’s Wellness Center.

The event also included related resource organizations who shared information about their services to the campus community, and a special remembrance take away activity was planned for participants. The one mile walk started at noon on the campus mall, and the route took walkers on to Kokea Street and Dillingham Boulevard and looped them back on to the campus mall.

The Honolulu Out of Darkness Walk is one of more than 360 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this year. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts.

Photos from the walk

For more photos, go to Honolulu CC’s Flickr album.