With two days still left until the PROMES-sponsored “Out of the Darkness” walk, students have already raised over $11,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The original fundraising goal was $10,000.
This is the fifth year PROMES will sponsor the walk. Funds raised go toward suicide and depression research and education. In addition, UH Counseling and Psychological Services trained advisors in the Cullen College of Engineering on the signs of depression to aid them in recognizing issues with students.
According to the AFSP, someone in the United States takes their own life every 13.7 minutes. In Texas, suicide is the second-most leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. Every year, over 38,000 people take their own lives, enough to fill the Toyota Center twice.
Learn more about the Fifth Annual Out of the Darkness Walk here.