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Centre County Out of the Darkness Walk to be held this month

by on April 04, 2013 9:15 AM

STATE COLLEGE — In hopes of bringing more support and resources to those affected by depression and suicide, the Centre County Out of the Darkness Walk will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at Sidney Friedman Park in State College.

The walk benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a national non-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide, according to the AFSP.

Bellefonte resident Amanda Fedisson, who formed a team last year with others who have been affected by suicide, said she believes the walk will bring awareness to people in the area in more ways than one.

“First, it will bring those who have lost someone to suicide together so they do not feel like they are alone,” she said. “Then, it just might help someone who is contemplating suicide to see that there is help available and people do care.”

Fedisson said she lost her father to suicide, and many of her teammates also lost someone close to them to suicide.

“People who commit suicide feel as though there is no other way out … we need to find another way out,” she said. “There are so many people right here in Centre County who need help.”

Out of the Darkness community walks are held throughout the country, but locally the event has brought in $12,242 as of March of this year, Fedisson said. Some 323 people participate in the walk each year.

Fedisson’s team, “Team Remembrance,” has set a minimum goal of $3,000 for this year’s walk.

A Thirty-One/cash bingo fundraising event, to benefit the team, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at the Snow Shoe Skating Rink, Fedisson said. Donations are being accepted.

Those who wish to join Team Remembrance may visit Those interested in making a donation can contact Fedisson at (814) 321-4528 or email [email protected]

Check-in for the April 14 Centre County walk begins at 11 a.m. Registration for the walk closes at noon on April 12, however, donations will be accepted until July 1.

According to the AFSP, a person dies by suicide in the United States every 14.2 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that close to 1 million people attempt suicide annually.

“This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status,” according to the AFSP. For more information visit

Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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