MILWAUKEE — The Active Minds chapter of Marquette University will hold its third annual Suicide and Depression Awareness Walk and Vigil Sunday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. The walk will begin outside Lalumiere Language Hall on Clybourn Avenue and continue around the Marquette Mile, which runs up Clybourn to North 16th Street, and along West Wisconsin Avenue.
The Suicide and Depression Awareness Walk and Vigil is a chance for Active Minds club members and the greater Marquette community to recognize the impact that both suicide and depression have on college campuses, and to draw attention to resources available on campus.
“It is important to foster an environment that is supportive and empathetic of people dealing with depression and suicide,” said Brett Adams, a sophomore in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and Active Minds board member.
Each year, 1,100 college students die by suicide. The event is held in remembrance of the lives lost to suicide and in support of those who have been affected by suicide or struggled with depression.
“The purpose of this event is to remind people that they are never alone in their pain or struggle. Whether someone’s pain is personal or affecting a loved one, there is always someone to turn to for help,” said Andrea Anderson, a sophomore in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication and Active Minds president.
Active Minds is a campus organization that promotes awareness of mental health disorders and seeks to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness. One of 365 Active Minds chapters nationwide, the Marquette chapter was founded in 2008. Active Minds provides information and resources on mental health to the campus community through various campus events and bi-monthly club meetings. The group works closely with Marquette’s Counseling Center and encourages students to seek help as soon as it is needed.
The event is free and open to the entire Marquette community. Free food and hot chocolate will be provided with a suggested donation to Active Minds. For questions regarding the event, please contact Andrea Anderson, Active Minds president. For media inquiries, please contact Kate Venne, Director of University Communication.