SUNY Potsdam Sponsors 'Out of the Darkness' Suicide Awareness Walk


SUNY Potsdam invites the community to join in making a difference for an important cause. The College will sponsor the 2012 Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 22, to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The Suicide Awareness Walk begins at 11 a.m. on Sept. 22 and departs from the entrance to the Barrington Student Union. Parking is available in Lot 20. Online registration is open until Friday, Sept. 21, and same-day registration will be available in person before the walk.

All are welcome to come and raise awareness, honor loved ones and raise funds for research and educational programs aimed at improving our understanding of suicide and ways to prevent it.

“The walk represents our collective pledge to those we have lost, and those we will help in the future,” said Gena Nelson, administrative director of the College’s Counseling Center. “We will never forget the students we have lost from suicide. We will do everything in our power to train our community in the ability to understand when someone is at risk to take his or her life, and in the intervention skills required to assist that person to access resources that will ensure their safety.”

For more information about the 2012 Suicide Awareness Walk sponsored by SUNY Potsdam, contact Gena Nelson at (315) 267-2330 or

To register or donate online to the Potsdam walk, visit

To find out more about the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.