According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, or the AFSP, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and in 2019, over 47,000 Americans died by suicide. For people with suicidal thoughts, it can feel impossible to escape. Finding help in that darkness can feel next to impossible, which is why the AFSP helps people understand they’re never walking out of the darkness alone – by walking with them.
On Saturday, September 25th, StorageMart Assistant Manager, Nicole Nischan, took part in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Virginia Beach. We talked to Nicole to learn more about the experience, and she was kind enough to tell us about how others can get involved:
When did you first get started with the Walk out of Darkness cause?
This was my 1st year attending.
How did you first get involved?
I was inspired to get involved by my own experiences. I Have worked hard this past year to get where I am today. I have lost too many loved ones to this darkness. I saw the light and want to share it with others.
During the walk, what is the atmosphere like?
The atmosphere is filled with love and hope. You see the sadness in people’s eyes but seeing everyone come together you then see their eyes beginning to open and see the sparkle in their eyes. It is so wonderful to see the community come together and unite and spread the
awareness of this cause.
Any memorable stories from the most recent walk or past walks?
This was my first walk, and I can only tell my story. I am a survivor and seeing the community come together and walk was just breathtaking. I also lost a family member this year to suicide and dedicated this walk in her memory.
I understand most everyone walks because they or someone they know has been impacted by suicide. Whom did you walk for this time?
I walked for myself (I am a Survivor) going on 3 years now. Also, my family member Jenny and classmate Jed.
What was your takeaway from participating?
My takeaway from participating is seeing the community come together. These have been some dark times and we all need to know that there is light beyond the darkness. Keep shining and Thank You Storage Mart for supporting this cause that is very close to my heart.”
We are a proud supporter of the AFSP’s Walk Out of the Darkness through our Store It Forward program. If you are interested in walking for yourself or a loved one, visit their website to find one near you.
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