ULM to host suicide awareness walk

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The University of Louisiana at Monroe will hold a suicide awareness walk on Saturday, April 13th at 8 a.m.

The walk is part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's national Out Of the Darkness campus walk.

According to the AFSP, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15-34 in Louisiana.

Amanda Coker, a volunteer with the foundation, organized the event.

Coker says while the walk is open to everyone, she hopes having it on a college campus will help students realize they are not alone.

“It gets them out here so they can really learn more about this and learn that it’s okay to say when they need help," she says.

So far, the walk has reached $10,000 in donations and gained over 250 registrants making it the largest walk on a college campus in Louisiana history.

ULM's suicide prevention walk is free for everyone. The walk will start and end at ULM's activity center. There will also be a butterfly release and prize giveaway.