James Madison University

Chi Sigma Iota Helps Raise $16,324.74 for Suicide Prevention

PHOTO: Darkness Walk

On April 22nd, 2012 Chi Sigma Iota hosted its second annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Campus walk. Over 300 students and members of the surrounding community registered for this event. Some traveled from as far away as Alabama to participate in the walk. This was an incredibly successful event, which was a result of tremendous community collaboration. Representatives from local survivors of suicide loss groups, mental health agencies, and JMU fraternities banded together to help make this event so successful. Fundraising increased 400% and registration increased by 366% from the previous year. This is a tremendous testimony to all of the people who worked hard to spread the word about this event, raise money, and donate their time and energies to this worthy cause. All monies donated will go to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with their vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. Many survivors of suicide loss from our community paid tribute to lost loved ones by participating in the walk and its activities. Chi Sigma Iota will continue to make this walk an annual event. Please look for more information regarding next year’s walk, which should be held sometime in late April.