Hiram College’s first mental health awareness week, “Green Week,” will conclude with an Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
The walk will take place from 9 a.m. through noon and begin and end at the Kennedy Center on campus. State Rep. Marlene Anielski of Walton Hills will give remarks as participants gather at the end of the walk. The walk is funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and hosted on campus by the newly formed student organization Active Minds.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors campus walks across the country during the spring.
Kailey Cooper ’15, biology major and Active Minds secretary, decided to bring the Out of the Darkness Walk to Hiram after attending Kent State’s walk last year. She believes suicide and mental health are important issues on college campuses because of the stress, depression and other mental health issues that come with the many transitions students experience.
“There’s a lot of pressure on us; it’s a transition period into becoming a new adult,” Cooper said. “You feel the need to be independent, and you don’t want to talk about the problems you face.”
It’s something that can’t be taught in a classroom, but something a community can rally around and cope with together.
The walk is open to the community, and participants can join alone or form a team. Hiram’s Active Minds group has set a fundraising goal of $5,000, and donations can be made online. Participants will walk around campus and Hiram village, rain or shine.