The Hawai‘i Department of Health Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System Branch partnered with the state for National Suicide Prevention Month in September.
Events aim to raise public awareness about suicide and the impact of suicides in Hawaii as well as to connect survivors with postvention services.
Suicide is the leading cause of fatal injuries in Hawai’i for people ages 15 to 44 and is the ninth leading cause of all deaths in the state.
Out of the Darkness Walk is the largest event held during National Suicide Prevention Month in Hawaii. It is organized by volunteers to build awareness of suicide prevention resources, and support at-risk individuals, loved ones of suicide survivors, and the public. More than 1,000 participants, including representatives from all branches of the military and students from local schools, are expected to attend this year’s event on September 15th at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park.
Additional National Suicide Prevention Month activities planned include:
- Sept. 11: All-day sign waving at University of Hawai’i at Hilo, corner of Kapiolani St. and Kawili St.
- Sept. 15: Prevent Suicide Hawai’i meet-and-greet for the community.
- Oct. 6 (9 a.m.): Out of the Darkness Big Island Walk at Waimea Elementary School Field.
- Maui County events are to be announced.
- Sept. 5 (10 a.m.): Joint Service proclamation signing at Hickam Air Force Base.
- Sept. 13, 19, 20, and 25: Fight for Each Other (F4EO), a series of talks from those affected by military-related suicide, including survivors, family members, friends, and coworkers.
- Sept. 15 (8 a.m.-1 p.m.): Out of the Darkness Walk at Magic Island.
- Sept. 16-22: Honolulu City Hall will display purple and teal lights in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month.
- Sept. 18 (11 a.m.): Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell proclamation signing in the Mayor’s Conference Room at Honolulu Hale.
- Sept. 21 (11 a.m.): Governor David Ige proclamation signing in the Governor’s Office at the Hawai’i State Capitol.
- Sept. 8 (3 p.m.): Walk to Prevent Suicide at the Kaua’i Community College in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
- Oct. 6 (9 a.m.): Out of the Darkness Walk at Waimea Canyon Softball Field.