Tulsa “Walk Out of Darkness” slated for September 26th

They will hold the event both virtually, and in person at the Jenks River Walk

TULSA — Even before a pandemic led to a measurable increase in depression, anxiety and suicide in the United States, people taking their own lives was already the 10-leading cause of death in the country.

Suicide, like all mental health issues, is complex and rarely does someone take such drastic measures for any single reason.

But loneliness, isolation, a sense of not belonging often contribute to the despair felt by those who feel they no longer want to live.

Heather Borsuk lost her sister to suicide on Easter Day of 2017.

She’s since dedicated herself to raising awareness, helping prevent suicides, but also to support those known as survivors - the family and friends who’ve lost their loved ones.

And she’s passionate about changing the public perception of suicide, and the reasons behind it.

“It’s definitely something I’m very passionate about - changing the way we view our loved ones who died by suicide,” Borsuk told KRMG. “They’re not selfish, they’re not taking the easy way out, they’re not doing this intentionally to hurt anyone. They literally have lost their battle to mental health disease.”

She’s one of the organizers of the 2020 “Walk out of Darkness” in Tulsa.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 26th at Jenks River Walk.

The goals are to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to show support for survivors, and to change the conversation about suicide.

Visit the event page on the AFSP website for details, or to make a contribution.

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