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Join us for the first ever Suicide Awareness Walk!

The first annual Out of the Shadows Suicide Awareness Walk will be held on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Flight High School track in Kill Devil Hills, offering an important opportunity for the community to come together and work toward breaking the stigma and silence that often surrounds suicide and mental illness. 


Brenda Thacker


A collaboration between the Breaking Through Task Force, Dare County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Saving Lives Task Force, SMART Recovery and other dedicated community members, the event will include a keynote speaker, vendors, mental health professionals, suicide education and awareness materials, live music and food. 

During the event, participants will be invited to select “Honor Beads” that represent their personal connection to suicide and help to identify others with similar experiences. Different colored beads represent the loss of a child, spouse or partner, parent, sibling, relative or friend, personal struggle with suicide, etc. Participants will then be encouraged to walk around the track for each bead they have. 

An Emotions Table and Mental Health First Aid Station will also be available. For more information about the event, please email or call 252.475.5036.

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