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Walk aims to bring suicide, depression 'out of the darkness'

Posted November 9, 2011

I've written about Carolyn Zahnow several times over the past couple of years.

She lost her only child to suicide six years ago. The experience led Zahnow to write a book, Save the Teens, and get involved in other ways to prevent suicide.

"The devastation was enormous not only to me, but everyone Cameron touched during his 18 years here," she wrote me in an email. "The bright side to my story is the many activities I do today to prevent additional suicides as well as postvention for suicide survivors of loss."

One of those activities is this weekend's Wake Forest Out of the Darkness community walk. The three-mile walk starts at 2 p.m. on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Seminary in downtown Wake Forest.  The route goes through the campus, continuing to downtown Wake Forest then along the tree-lined streets and historic homes of South and North Main streets. You can sign up for the event online or register starting at noon on Saturday.

"At the event, you’ll find several memorial activities that help survivors of suicide loss honor their loved ones," Zahnow said. "We also gather to raise awareness to the depression that can lead to suicide."

It's free to walk, but even a small donation will give you a chance to win some door prizes. Donations go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

For more information about how you can get involved in this weekend's walk, go to the event's website.

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  • cczahnow Nov 14, 2011

    We had over 240 walkers at our walk on Saturday! Thank you everyone who came out to help bring suicide and depression out of the darkness!
    Carolyn Zahnow
    Walk Chair
    Founder, author - Save the Teens
    Facilitator - Wake Forest Survivors of Suicide

  • shall6 Nov 10, 2011

    I'm so glad you found the support you needed. Thank you to Carolyn for all of her work!

    Sarah

  • lec0257 Nov 10, 2011

    I am glad that there are events like this to bring suicide and depression out of the darkness. Having myself attempted suicide a couple of times several years ago I know the darkness. If it had not been for a wonderful friend, I would have never been saved and would have missed the wonderful life I have today.