UNL hosts walk for mental health awareness

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UNL hosts walk for mental health awareness

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host an Out of the Darkness Walk to raise funds and awareness for mental health. The walk will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. April 17 starting at the Nebraska Union greenspace.

Registration will begin at noon and the walk will start at 2 p.m.

UNL partnered with Active Minds and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to sponsor this event.

“A lot of my life has been shaped by mental health issues and it’s something that’s had for us to talk about,” said Shelby Williby, head coordinator. “We need to recognize that it’s okay to talk about our losses and struggles. The walk isn’t just people strolling around and raising money. It’s a chance for people to see that they aren’t alone.”

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is based on five core strategies that have the end goal of reducing the annual suicide rate by 20 percent by 2025. Active Minds is a recognized school organization that is a branch of the national nonprofit aiming to change the culture around mental health on campuses and in communities.

Online registration will end at noon April 15.

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