‘Out of the Darkness Walk’ brings mental health to light
UW-La Crosse Active Minds hosts first walk to raise awareness
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — People were able to get outside and enjoy the temperate weather Sunday while also raising awareness for the importance of mental health.
The “Out of the Darkness Walk” brought people together on the UWL campus in solidarity to bring mental health conditions into the light. Members of the UW-La Crosse Active Minds hosted the walk with the help of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP.
With more than 200 people showing up for UWL’s first “Out of the Darkness Walk” organizers say the response from the community has been amazing.
“I think more people are getting on board and recognizing that mental health is just as important as our physical health, but it takes movements like this, it takes people getting together to really bring that across,” said UW-La Crosse Active Minds President Haley Ingersoll.
Sunday’s walk raised more than $6,500 which will help the AFSP invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.