Young Nonprofit Leader Organized Omaha Suicide Prevention Walk Saturday

June 10, 2021, 3 p.m. ·

Four Young Women Chalk the Sidewalk with the Message: "you are worth it"
All proceeds from the event will go to HOPE Heals Inc. to help financially support counseling services for families with teens battling depression. (Photo courtesy Ellie Sorenson)

Saturday marks the fifth annual "Light the Darkness" suicide prevention walk in Omaha. The Walk for Hope, put on by Hope Heals Inc. will take place at Millers Landing in downtown Omaha.

CEO Ellie Sorenson, 20, founded the nonprofit six years ago to raise mental health awareness and help provide counselling services to families with teens battling depression. She started raising awareness when she was 15-years-old after battling depression throughout middle school, she said, adding the purpose of the walk is to help those struggling with mental health issues know that they are not alone.

"Our goal is to be the light in the darkness for those who don't have anyone or feel like they are alone, because we want to make sure that they know that they are not," Sorenson said.

The suicide prevention walk will take place from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and the admission is $10 per person. The event will also include food trucks, pop-up shops and other activities. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free t-shirt.

Editors note: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to Millers Landing as "Millard Landing."