Seeds of Hope Walk to bring awareness to suicide victims and prevention

active minds logoIqueena Hollis

Staff Writer

The annual Seeds of Hope 5k Walk will take place in Pensacola on Saturday, Nov. 21, to bring awareness and support to the local community about suicide victims and prevention.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon and will begin and end downtown at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government Street. There is no fee for UWF students and volunteers, but for outside community members, tickets may be purchased online for $15.

Each year, this 5k walk is held in remembrance of the people who have committed suicide, those affected by the deaths of loved ones and the people who may have contemplated or attempted suicide.

“Seeds of Hope is our annual 5k walk that brings the community together for a day of remembrance,” said Amber Johnston, secretary of UWF Active Minds. “We want to raise awareness that there is hope for those struggling with these thoughts; to show them that they are not alone in this battle and that they are surrounded by support and tools to help them survive.”

Light refreshments will be served, and participants who registered for the event before Oct. 20 will be given T-shirts that list the names of suicide victims.

For more information on the UWF Active Minds, visit their Facebook Page, or the Counseling and Psychological Services website. For information on the 5k, contact Jessica Mager, the event organizer, at jrm88@students.uwf.edu.