RUSHVILLE - This coming Sunday afternoon, 23-year-old Drew Hahn will host Rushville’s first “Out of the Darkness Walk”, bringing together people rocked by the tragedy of suicide. September is suicide prevention month.
In high school, Hahn suffered a head injury that required hospitalization and a long rehab leaving him very depressed. His journey includes a couple of suicide attempts, lots of counseling and a strong desire to help others. “I felt so alone when I was going through my experiences, and I just hope that nobody ever feels that alone again after this walk. I hope they realize there are people here to help them,” he said.
Hahn, who is now a board member for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says he hears from family members and friends of people that have overdosed after getting caught up in the opioid epidemic. He says addiction is a serious mental health problem. “Even people that have lost a loved one to a drug overdose could get a lot out of the ‘Out of the Darkness’ walks,” he said.
Hahn set a goal of raising $5000 dollars to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He’s grateful for the hometown support. Over 4 hundred people plan to walk, and pledges have exceeded $18-thousand.
Several AFSP 'Out of the Darkness' walks take place in the next few weeks around the state.