Out of Darkness Walk 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016, saw how the Gallatin Mental Health Center assisted to support Bozeman’s first annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to foster the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This event is the AFSP’s event for signature fundraising to advance information awareness, knowledge, and support relating to prevention of committing suicide. Brooke North, Francesca Marsh, and Francesca Marsh of GMHC created a planning committee. This committee includes partners from the Help Center, Montana State University Counseling and Psychological Services, and Walmart to organize this fascinating event. At the end of the day, over 350 people visited this meeting. Over $35,000 was donated. 50% of visitors come back to the MT AFSP chapter! US Senator Charles Thompson announced the significance of services for mental health and suicide prevention. Chelsea Jarvis ensured an inspiring personal narrative and motivation for continuing maintenance. Declan Owens and Aaron Burrows, adult case managers at Gallatin Mental Center, organized the meeting with participants and raised over $275!