Permian Basin Out of the Darkness Walk


ODESSA, TX (Big 2/ FOX 24) – The Permian Basin Out of the Darkness Walk occurs annually. The walk brings suicide awareness and to honor those who lost their loved ones to suicide.

Hundreds of people from the Midland-Odessa community gathered at Buffalo Wallow to walk for their loved ones who lost their lives to suicide.

“I lost my brother Anthony, he was 20 years old,” says Amanda Provence. “He was one half of double suicide, so beginning October 2, 2011, I knew I wanted to help others and work through my pain that way.”

Researchers say each year nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world that’s one death every 40 seconds.

For 11 years the Permian Basin out of the Darkness Walk has brought awareness to this issue; still continues to encourage people in joining the movement.

As many families walk down memory lane. Michael’s family says it takes time to heal.

“He was so funny always cracking jokes,” Michael’s family says. “We hope that with this walk we bring more awareness and the fact that mental health is super important just as physical health.

In Texas, on average one person dies by suicide every two hours.

The Midland-Odessa community hopes to be the voice in preventing more suicides from happening.

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