ORONO -The clouds cleared up just in time for Sunday’s Out of the Darkness Walk at the University of Maine.
The school’s counseling center put on the event to raise awareness for suicide prevention.
Donations and money raised in T-shirt sales are going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
U Maine has hosted the walk for eight years, but organizers said this was the first time it’s been held in the spring and centered on-campus.
They said they hope the visibility for the event helps break the stigma surrounding depression.
“Logistically it is to raise awareness and money,” said event organizer Andrea Pereira. “But I think it’s also a place of hope and peace and support for people who may be currently struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression – to see that they’re not alone.”
A “remembrance table” at the event displayed the names of walkers’ loved ones that had died of suicide. Walkers could write their loved ones names or encouraging messages.
After the walk, as part of the closing ceremonies, white carnations were placed in the Stillwater River to honor those who have passed away from suicide.