Morristown Alumnae Starts Its Program Year with a Walk to Prevent Suicide


Submitted by Ferlanda Fox Nixon

Members of the Morristown Alumnae Chapter participated in the Out of the Darkness Morris County Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Chatham, New Jersey, on Sept. 18. The event raised more than $90,000, exceeding its goal by $23,000. Walking side-by-side with hundreds of others, Morristown Alumnae members helped to support the organization’s endeavor to provide a safe space for people to share their memories of individuals lost to suicide and a platform to address mental health intelligently and compassionately.

With chapters in all 50 states, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the largest private funder of suicide prevention research. Its evidence-based programs impact millions of people.

“Unfortunately, suicide numbers in the Black community are on the rise,” stated Morristown Alumnae Chapter President Kimberly Monroe. “The COVID-19 pandemic is the primary culprit presently, but there are other contributing factors. For too long, conversations about mental illness have been taboo in the Black community. Our chapter seeks to eliminate the stigma. Awareness walks like Out of the Darkness help us to do just that.”

The Out of the Darkness Morris County Walk is a family-friendly event. Consequently, children of Morristown Alumnae members joined in the fun.

“The walk provides a non-intimidating way for children to be exposed to the issue of suicide and mental health,” continued Monroe. “We help our children when we allow them to face the topic head on and when we validate their feelings. It was a blessing to have children on our team.”


Submitted by Ferlanda Fox Nixon Members of the Morristown Alumnae Chapter participated in the Out of the Darkness Morris County Walk hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Chatham, New Jersey, on Sept. 18. The event raised more than $90,000, exceeding its goal by $23,000. Walking side-by-side with hundreds of others, Morristown Alumnae …

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