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UNI to host walk for suicide prevention

March 24, 2014

Paige Hoffmann, vice president, UNI Phi Upsilon Omicron, 563-451-6041,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In an effort to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention, the University of Northern Iowa will host an inaugural Out of the Darkness Walk, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, starting at the fountain outside Maucker Union. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.; the walk starts at 10 a.m. The event is hosted by UNI's chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society for family and consumer sciences.

"A lot of the time, suicides are not spoken of," said Paige Hoffmann, vice president of UNI's Phi U chapter. "Not only is the walk going to raise awareness of the impact of suicide, but this event is a great way to make UNI more of a community."

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to raise money, which will go toward the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the nation's leading suicide prevention organization. Those who raise $100 or more will receive a free T-shirt.

For more information or to register, contact Hoffmann at 563-451-6041 or, or visit