Seeds of Hope 5k has largest turnout yet
On Nov. 17 the Students for Suicide Awareness, had its third annual Seeds for Hope 5k Community Walk at Seville Quarter following Seville’s annual Turkey Trot.
Shane Kuhlman, president of Students for Suicide Awareness, said the walk this year had the largest turnout yet. The fact that the event was off campus this year is a huge deal because it became more of a community event.
April Glenn, adviser for Students for Suicide Awareness and a licensed mental health counselor, said the walk is in support of National Survivors of Suicide Day. She has been providing support to the organization, marketing the walk and working on getting as many University of West Florida students to participate in the walk as possible.
“We walked today in honor of my son who we lost on March 29, 2010,” Sylvia Ammons, a Pensacola resident, said. Ammons’s friends and family joined her for the walk in honor of her son.
She said this walk is a healing tool that is put on every year to help people who have lost family or friends.
Kuhlman said the walk’s goal is to have members of the community open up conversation and be there for each other in times of need.
The proceeds from the walk go to clinical prevention programs to help those struggling with suicide. In the last two years the Students of Suicide Awareness raised $5,000 from the walks.
Students preregistered online by Facebook . The university’s Student Government Association sponsored the organization and ordered 160 shirts that were handed out at the walk.
The first year the walk was at the Cannon Greens, and the second year it was on the soccer field on UWF’s campus.
The organization started in 2010 because UWF lost a student that year, Tyler Knisley, who was a brother to the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Students for Suicide Awareness have 15 members who help plan events and spread awareness throughout the school and community.
There is a suicide prevention hotline that is offered that allows free counseling for students in need. The Hopeline Network’s number is 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433), Lakeview Center Helpline’s number is 438-1617 and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).