Like many of our facilities, Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) recently partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to host their first Out of the Darkness walk, working to prevent and foster awareness around suicide. The walk provided OSCI’s adults in custody (AICs) and employees a space to discuss their experiences, express their grief, and learn about warning signs and prevention efforts.
The population at OSCI was able to raise more than $2,ooo for AFSP to further educate and support those whose voices need to be heard, with 100% of the proceeds going to the foundation. The turnout of almost 300 participants (which includes staff and AICs) was proof of how many lives have been touched by suicide. The event came to a head when a demonstration of unity was held, in which people raised their hand in solidarity to show how they are affected by suicide; be it by their own personal struggles and survival, losses, or just to show that they are and support those who are struggling.
Thank you to all the supporters and participants who made this incredible event possible!
Each and every one of us can help prevent suicide. For 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.