It isn't easy to talk about suicide and mental health struggles, but it is important to.

This is why the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is hosting the Out of the Darkness Fort Collins Walk — to raise awareness for suicide prevention and to provide community members with a space for hope and connection.

"When you have these similar and shared life experiences with such a traumatic event, it's just so great to be able to connect with people on that," said Mady Schmidt, Publicity Coordinator for the Out of the Darkness Fort Collins Walk, in our "Tuned In to NoCo" interview. "This is a community like no other."

The walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 12 at Spring Canyon Park in Veterans Plaza (2626 W. Horsetooth Road). Suicide prevention resources will be available at the event, and participants will be able to share their experiences and memories with other walkers.

Guests can also show their support through honor beads, which help signify their connection to the cause.

"Raise your hand and say that you need help, because there are so many people who have dealt with the same experience that you have or can relate to it on some sort of level," said Schmidt. "We'd love to have you walk with us."

Register for the event in person at 9 a.m. on September 12 or register online here. While registration is free, donations are greatly appreciated.

Learn more about the Out of the Darkness Fort Collins Walk by listening to the full "Tuned In to NoCo" interview with Mady Schmidt below.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website. Resource information is provided for free as well as a chat message service. To speak directly to a professional, call 1-800-273-8255. You are not alone and help is available. Every life is important.

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