The 2019 Out of the Darkness Hays area walk is set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Municipal Park in Hays to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The organization has a goal of reducing the annual suicide rate by 20 percent before 2025.
“Kansans are dying by suicide at increasing rates,” said Kyle Carlin in a recent letter to the Post about the event. “Suicide is now the eighth leading cause of death in Kansas, up from 10th, and is the second leading cause of death for individuals aged 15-24 and those aged 25-44. Luckily, suicide is preventable.”
On-site registration will begin at 1 p.m., with the walk scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.