This year, Ardmore is joining a national movement to break the silence and prevent suicide.    
The Ardmore Out of the Darkness Community Walk will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on  Sept. 24 at Ardmore Regional Park. About 350 cities will hold the same event to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. So far, more than 160 people have already registered to participate in Ardmore’s walk.
Evelyn Parrott, Lone Grove, is organizing Ardmore’s event. She said she got involved with the organization last year after her daughter, Faith Powers, committed suicide at age 21.
“We figured we needed to show support in Ardmore because we’ve lost so many to suicide in this area,” Parrott said. “So this is to bring awareness, and it raises money for the support that’s needed.”
The money raised will fund various AFSP programs, like a suicide prevention hotline and programs designed to educate people about how to recognize and approach a suicidal person. She said she attended a similar walk in Bonham, Texas, but couldn’t find one closer to her.
“It’s hard to get that help in the Ardmore area,” Parrott said. “They do have centers, but that was one of the hardest things —to actually get appointments, to see anyone.”
Parrott said she hopes the walk will raise awareness and start to address the problem in Ardmore, but that the issue runs much deeper.  
“To me, people think it’s hard to find a solution, but it’s not once you find the correct people to talk to,” Parrott said. “But we don’t have that yet, we don’t have the people to talk to, and that’s Oklahoma in general.”
Register or donate at afsp.donordrive.com. Online registration will close the morning of the walk, but on-site registration will stay open until the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.
Anyone who seeking help may receive immediate assistance by logging onto Suicide.org or by calling 1-800-SUICIDE, services are available 24 hours a day.