“Out of the Darkness” walk raises awareness for suicide prevention

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Kathy Burdette is walking for her husband Lane, who lost his battle last year. Her family wore “Forever in our hearts” shirts with his face on the front. Also trying to honor his memory, they released butterflies.

“It’s an important cause .. whenever he first passed away I didn’t know where to reach out to I didn’t know how to get grief support for suicide. With a lot of internet search, I was able to find ASFP and … it’s very healing for me.”

Kathy Burdette, walking for husband Lane

Lane was one of 3930 Texans to lose their battle to suicide in 2019. Experts admit that with the pandemic creating isolation and economic devastation, numbers are surely to go up this year, creating more emphasis on raising awareness. The CDC says almost half of U.S. adults report struggling with mental health in 2020.

“We know rates have increased this year because of the pandemic … and so we have to make sure we are doing everything that we can to let people know what resources are available…”

Chandra Quinitinar, Coordinator for the Family Resiliency Center

For the 2020 walk, AFSP teamed up with the Family Resiliency Center. Together they are hosting grief groups starting Tuesdays. Registration to talk and create a team goes through the end of the year. They so far have raised about $7,000. More information on the organizations is in those links respectively.

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