Sioux Falls woman hosts flute recital for suicide prevention

Updated: Jun. 20, 2021 at 7:25 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is drawing attention to the fight for prevention with their annual Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk.

As part of the overnight walk, the AFSP encourages participants to do what they call mindfulness practices, for people to work on things they enjoy or want to do. For Sara Larsen, she took her mindfulness practice and decided to use it as a fundraiser.

“One of the things I decided to do besides walking was to start playing the flute again, I studied flute performance in undergrad, but it had been a while since I had played seriously, so I decided to do a recital to motivate myself to practice more,” said Larsen.

Larsen wants to spread the word about suicide prevention and the resources AFSP provides, to help anyone she can.

“I lost my brother John to suicide, coming up on two years ago next month and it’s something nobody ever expects and it’s really difficult to go through and one of the first things I did was look for support online,” Larsen said.

Leaders for the South Dakota chapter of AFSP, like to see the different ways participants of the overnight walk go through their journey.

“She took the Mindful challenge and really made it her own and that’s really what AFSP is all about, is finding small ways to take these challenges and make them your own and make it part of your own journey,” said Angela Drake, AFSP South Dakota Chapter Board Chair.

More information on the AFSP and their resources can be found by clicking here.

More information on the Out of Darkness Overnight Walk can be found here.

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