Area Colleges Walk for Hope on Saturday

Local higher education institutions are joining together to raise awareness and offer hope to people affected by depression and suicide.

Students, faculty and staff from Blue Ridge Community College, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University and James Madison University, along with their school presidents, will join together for “Walk for Hope: Colleges Unite for Depression and Suicide,” Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. – noon.

The walk will bring together students from each of our campuses to a central gathering at the Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market for music, speakers, refreshments and activities. In addition, Julie Hersh, mental health advocate and author of “Struck by Living, From Depression to Hope,” will share her story.

Open to the public, all are encouraged to attend and offer hope to all people affected by depression and suicide.

In a joint statement, the area school presidents said, “We are committed to supporting initiatives on our campuses that shed light on mental health issues and provide support structures to prevent suicide.”

The event is made possible by the Austin Frazier Memorial Fund.

For more information visit the Walk for Hope Facebook page.