The Crisis Intervention Center’s fifth annual Circle of Support 5K and Memorial Mile Walk is set for Saturday on the LSU campus.

The event is held to raise funds and awareness of the free crisis intervention and traumatic loss services provided by the center.

The LSU Chapter of Social Work Student Association and a 23-person LSU graduate-level social work service-learning class are partnering to host the event, which starts at 7 a.m. with registration at the Alex Box Stadium parking lot.

Preregister online at .

All ages and groups are invited to participate. Event registration is $25 adults; $20 students; $10 children 6 to 17 years old; and children younger than 5 enter free, but registration is recommended.

Event activities include a 5K race, 11/2- mile walk around campus, jambalaya and drinks and a balloon release at the end of the event to remember friends and loved ones who died by suicide or other traumatic means.

“Reducing emotional distress in the community is a core objective of the Crisis Center,” said Norma Rutledge, executive director of Crisis Intervention Center. “The Circle of Support event gives us the opportunity not only to grow our circle of support in the community and awareness of our services but also to provide survivors of suicide and anyone bereaved an opportunity to remember their loved ones.”

A survivor of suicide is defined by the American Association of Suicidology as someone who has lost someone to suicide, a news release said.

Proceeds from the walk go to benefit the Crisis Center’s Circle of Support services.

To learn about crisis intervention, suicide or the Circle of Support event, visit, email or call (225) 924-1431.