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Coffee County Out of the Darkness Walk to be Held September 16th

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has “Out of the Darkness Walks” being held in cities across the country. The Coffee County “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. The goal is to unite communities and provide an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

The walk will be conducted as a group at a leisurely pace. The walk is just under 2 miles and will only take 30 minutes or so.

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If you are unable to join the group on the walk, you are welcome to stay behind with other folks who will be waiting on the walkers to return to Rotary Park.

Raising money for research, suicide education programs, and providing support is one of the goals of the walk, but it is NOT required. You can donate money at the walk itself at the donation table.

You are NOT required to fundraise, but registration is required in order to walk. You may do that at You can also register the day of the walk at Rotary Park.

There will be live music, speakers, memorial activities, lots of laughter, “door” prizes, and food trucks.

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Children of all ages are welcomed and expected to be in attendance at the walk. Some will be there to walk in memory of a family member, others are there to participate with a club or organization, and lots are there because their parents are teaching them about community, the importance of mental health, and how to participate in important causes.

Media representatives Deidre Goins and Veronica Patterson will be interviewed live on our new radio show “Connecting Coffee County” on September 11th at 4:45 PM.

Walk Date: 09/16/2023
Walk Location: Rotary Park – 557 North Woodland St., Manchester, TN
Event Begins: 9:30 am
Event Ends: 1:00 pm

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