By Adrienne Harris
“After a storm comes a rainbow.”
Inspiring axioms could be found on the Solano Community College campus Saturday, as hundreds walked a 5-kilometer route to raise awareness of mental illness and suicide. Families who lost a loved one, service members who are familiar with the struggle and advocates who strive to erase the stigma were among the motivated yet emotional crowd that participated in the second annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk.
“Suicide is the No. 2 cause of death of college kids,” said organizer Susan Labrecque, of the Solano County Office of Education, which is contracted by the county’s Mental Health Services to provide education and employment for youths at risk of mental illness.