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F/M Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk to be held Sunday

Activities will begin at noon at Scheels Arena, with the opening ceremony scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

"Out of the Darkness"
Hundreds of people take part in the seventh annual "Out of the Darkness" walk on Sunday in Lindenwood Park in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum
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FARGO — Volunteers with the annual F/M Out of the Darkness Community Walk are joining thousands of people across the United States to promote suicide prevention.

The North Dakota chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold the walk on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo.

Activities will begin at noon, with the opening ceremony scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Entertainment will include activities and live music.

In addition to raising awareness and funds to fight suicide, the walk also gives those who attend a chance to connect with others and let them know they are not alone, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention said in a press release.

"Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope that by connecting with one another we will draw attention to this issue and keep other families from experiencing a suicide loss," said Denby DeVries, F/M Walk chair.

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The F/M Area Out of the Darkness Community Walk is one of hundreds of events being held nationwide this year, the release said.

"This year, we want people to join us in walking to create a world without suicide. By walking, you are helping us make progress through research, advocacy, education and support to those affected by suicide," American Foundation for Suicide Prevention CEO Robert Gebbia said in the press release.

To donate or join the event, visit www.afsp.org/Fargo.

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