The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention holds annual community walks to raise awareness about suicide and to destroy the stigma behind mental health. What if prisons and jails could be places of healing and preparation for inmates to return to society and contribute as productive citizens?
No other state addresses the inmates and correctional officers in this way and they conducted not one, but 6 Out of Darkness Walks in Oregon prisons. Suicide is the result of deeper issues and gaining a better understanding of how to keep kids safe and ensuring an environment where kids can grow up at home and at school is crucial.
But until we figure that out, repairing broken adults is equally important as repairing broken children.