BCM hosts inaugural Out of Darkness Walk

June 1, 2011

BCM students carry Out of the Darkness banner.
BCM students carry the Out of the Darkness banner.

In an effort to promote awareness about suicide and to remember those who have lost their lives, BCM students hosted the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk Sunday, May 22.

Campuses nationwide host this walk throughout the year and proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. BCM is the first medical school in the nation to take part in the walk. The walk started at BCM and went through the Texas Medical Center.

"BCM's First Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk was an event that I believe touched many lives," said medical student Mindy Tittiger, co-chair of the event. "As the first medical school to take this step with AFSP, we have made a strong statement about the issue of suicide in our medical community and I believe other institutions will soon follow suit. I am deeply thankful that our leaders at BCM have chosen to support our effort to discuss a stigmatized subject openly and in doing so begin to change the culture of medicine in a way that will ultimately save lives. This is just the beginning."

About 150 people signed up for the walk, which raised more than $10,000.

"BCM leadership has a commitment to addressing self-care among trainees and faculty while raising awareness about depression and suicide – this was another step in that direction. We will continue our efforts and look forward to planning events during the 2011-2012 academic year," said Dr. Toi Harris, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at BCM and co-chair of the event.

Donations are being accepted until June 30. To make a donation, visit http://afsp.donordrive.com/event/BCM/.