Saturday, September 26 at 10:30am
A. Paul Schaap Science Center, Van Andel plaza
35 East 12th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3605
For the last three years, the Hope College Psychology Club has participated in the Grand Rapids Out of the Darkness Community Walk, an event sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We’ve raised over $2,500 to fund suicide prevention research, education in schools, interactive screening programs, support for families who have lost someone to suicide, advocacy for mental health legislation, and more!
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the walk will be virtual and we are bringing a socially distanced walk to Hope College’s campus. This Saturday, September 26, 10:30am, we will gather at the tent between the Schaap Science Center and VanderWerf/VanZoren and walk through the Holland community, from Hope College’s campus to Kollen Park and back. We invite you to join us!
You can participate by registering as a “virtual walker” on our team to raise funds, donating to our Hope College Psychology Club Team (Click Roster to find the “Donate Now” link), joining us to walk (masked up and 6 ft apart of course!) on Saturday morning, or any combination of the above. We plan to watch the virtual opening ceremony at 10:30am and then begin walking at 11:00am.
As you likely know, research is beginning to show the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we at Hope have certainly been impacted by suicide. We believe this event is one way that we can stand together to impact mental health and fight suicide in our community and nation.
Please remember—if you are struggling right now, there are resources available. Reach out to the Employee Assistance Center (800.227.0905), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800.273.8255) or the Crisis Text Line (Text HOME to 741741).