Approximately 160 Elon University students and faculty participated in the 5K for suicide prevention hosted by the Mu Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the business fraternity, on Sunday morning. 

All participants registered and paid a fee to run the 5K at 9:00 a.m. For a team, the registration fee was $15, and for an individual, the fee was $20. All funds go toward the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the primary philanthropy for Alpha Kappa Psi.

“These costs will be going towards supporting mental health, education, helping people get treatment, supporting families who’ve lost children, siblings or parents due to the mental illness,” Hanna said. “Just ensuring that everyone does have the support needed to kind of lower the incredibly high rate we’ve been seeing recently.”

This is the first year the event has been organized, but vice president of AKP, senior Monique Hanna, is hopeful the event will continue annually. 

“One thing that my president and I decided to do when we took office was we really wanted to show the brotherhood and the community that we are there for them,” Hanna said. 

Local community businesses such as Oak House, Food Lion, and the Mission helped to sponsor the event. 

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