Linfield team participates in suicide awareness walk

Linfield students walked in Portland to support suicide prevention during the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk on Oct. 15.

Tanya Tompkins, associate professor of psychology, said she has participated in the walk for the past two years.

“Last year we had over 35 walkers and surpassed our goal of raising $2,500 making us one of the top three fundraisers in the Greater Portland area,” Tompkins said.

However, this year Tompkins’ team wasn’t able to get the same type of support.

“Unfortunately, the team this year [was] myself and one other student. While we put up fliers and made announcements at meetings, the difference is that we didn’t have a team of students this fall who worked hard to get the word out and recruit walkers from all corners of the campus,” Tompkins said.

The walks are fundraisers that benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They are also designed to raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues and to provide an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to suicide to honor the people who they lost.

~ Sharon Gollery/Culture editor

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