APA participates in Out of the Darkness Walk

APA members and staff participated in the walk to raise funds and educate the public about suicide in the US.

APA members and staff handed out public education materials in the resource area during the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) eighth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sept. 20. More than 1,600 people participated in the walk and raised funds to help bring awareness to and educate the public about suicide in the U.S.

Members of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), the Virginia Psychological Association (VPA) and the District of Columbia Psychological Association (DCPA), plus APA staff gave out public education materials on Sept. 20 at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFPS) annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Washington, DC. From left to right: APA Practice Directorate Legal Research Coordinator Javier Aquino, APA Director of State Advocacy Susie Lazaroff, Shereen A. Mohsen, PhD, Connie Blizzard, PsyD. (Credit: Michele Egan) 

From left to right: APA Practice Directorate Legal Research Coordinator Javier Aquino, APA Director of State Advocacy
Susie Lazaroff, Shereen A. Mohsen, PhD, Connie Blizzard, PsyD. (Credit: Michele Egan)

Members of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), the Virginia Psychological Association (VPA) and the District of Columbia Psychological Association (DCPA) and APA staff volunteered at the booth. Participants including psychologists Connie Blizzard, PsyD; Lorraine Brown, PhD; Shereen A. Mohsen, PhD; Brian Razzino, PhD; Linda P. Smith, PhD and Fox Vernon, PhD as well as APA Practice Directorate Legal Research Coordinator Javier Aquino, APA Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Stacey Larson, PsyD, JD, APA Director of State Advocacy Susie Lazaroff, and APA Practice Director of Research and Special Projects Vaile Wright, PhD.

Psychologists and APA staff were able to answer general questions about suicide prevention and mental health care and listen to people share their stories. Many walk participants had a personal connection to suicide whether it was through losing a loved one or struggling personally.  

APA also provided materials including the Talk to a Psychologist and Road to Resilience brochures and fact sheets on anxiety, depression and stress. All of these materials are available to APA members to order for free online.