Out of The Darkness Walk- September 2016

 Out of Darkness Walk 2016

 

“On Saturday September 17, 2016 the Gallatin Mental Health Center helped to sponsor Bozeman’s first annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The Out of the Darkness Walks are the AFSP’s signature fundraising event to promote awareness, education, and support regarding suicide prevention. Jenna Londynsky, Leann Bryant, and Logan Shrader of GMHC formed a planning committee with community partners from the Help Center, Montana State University Counseling and Psychological Services, and Walmart to orchestrate this impactful event. At the end of the day, over 350 people attended and over $35,000 was raised; 50% of which comes back to the MT AFSP chapter! US Senator Steve Daines spoke of the importance of mental health services and suicide prevention. Mrs. Montana International, Sara Dukhart, provided an inspiring personal narrative and motivation for ongoing support. Andy Kemp and Justin Clinch, adult case managers at GMHC, met with participants at our resource table and the GMHC team “Quad Squad” walked the route and raised over $275! Check out the articles below from local news regarding coverage and promotion of the event!”

 

MSU Exponent

Community rallies to fight suicide at Out of the Darkness

https://msuexponent.com/culture/2016/09/22/community-rallies-to-fight-suicide-at-out-of-the-darkness/

 

Bozeman Chronicle

Out of the Darkness Walk to raise funds, awareness for suicide prevention

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/out-of-the-darkness-walk-to-raise-funds-awareness-for/article_07c3b9fb-caba-5133-83c9-aa213866e622.html

 

Belgrade News

Group addresses suicide in Montana

http://www.belgrade-news.com/news/feature/article_15cede6a-7552-11e6-9188-f3c46a074eaf.html

 


Team Quad Squad (GMHC Team):

Jeff Wright

Elizabeth Martin

Valerie Utle

Eleanor Burnett-McGarry

Eilissa Crowe

John Karath

Chelsey Paradis

 

GMHC booth volunteers:

Justina Clinch

Andrew Kemp

 

Salvation Army:

Sunny Rae Yocom


Pictures from the event

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Photo Credit: Madison Brown

Photo Credit: Valerie U.