Out of the Darkness walk raises awareness about suicide

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This patchwork quilt, with a suicide victim on each patch, is displayed at every American Foundation for Suicide Prevention event in Newport.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph
This patchwork quilt, with a suicide victim on each patch, is displayed at every American Foundation for Suicide Prevention event in Newport. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle September 16, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT — Brendan Donnelly, Gabriel Young, and Shawn Chaput were only a few of the names to be seen on colorful T-shirts worn by many of the 206 participants here Saturday, at the Out of the Darkness walk, which marked the end of National Suicide Prevention Week.

The three of them committed suicide, leaving behind confused and grieving friends and relatives.

Saturday’s event was meant to remember, to provide support for families, and to raise money and awareness about suicide.

Proceeds will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). As of Monday, the event had raised $14,000.

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