20 Manhattanville Students attended the “Out of the Darkness Walk” organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on October 26. The walk took place in Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in downtown Manhattan and the Mville students were supported by the Duchesne Center.

“I think the walk was a beautiful way to support all those suffering from mental health issues and stand strong next to families and friends of those who have lost loved ones,” stated Jennifer Dardon, a Freshman.


The main purpose of the event, among the series of community walks organized nationwide by AFSP, was to raise funds for and awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. 174,552 dollars were raised to promote research about mental disorders and reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.


An intended Psychology major, Dardon said: “Manhattanville’s mission statement talks about being socially responsible leaders and we should be the voice for the voiceless and help promote research for mental health because there has been such a negative stigma of it in this country that it is time to let people know that it is okay they are not alone.”

108 Americans commit suicide every day. Also, in 2010, suicide took more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters.

Jennifer Diaz, A Freshman from Waterbury, Connecticut, said “What I learned from the AFSP walk is that many people do care. There are many support services available to those suffering from depression and surviving after the loss of a loved one.”

If you’d like to get involved in raising awareness about mental disorders on campus, please contact Valeria Ricciulli at