Sep 10, 2014 6:12 PM by News Staff
There is still time to participate and donate for this weekend's inaugural Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Redding to help build better understanding of the causes of suicide and improving suicide prevention education and outreach.
Saturday's walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Sundial Bridge. Check in time begins at 8 a.m.
Saturday's event is one of many events happening nationwide to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
For more information about the Redding event, you can contact Marcia Ramstrom at 530-440-6033.
You can also get more information through the following:
1-888-333-AFSP (2377) ext. 2029
The Driving Force Behind the AFSP's efforts:
IN THE UNITED STATES, a person dies by suicide every 13.7 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute; with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, and the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults. The suicide rate among U.S. military members rose sharply in 2012, with an average of one suicide per day.
WALK TO HONOR LOVED ONES
Suicide is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio- economic status, and it takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers, and the entire community. AFSP provides opportunities for survivors of suicide loss to get involved through a wide variety of educational, outreach, awareness, advocacy and fundraising programs.
WALK TO RAISE FUNDS
A contribution to AFSP is a good investment! More than 82 cents of every dollar you raise can be used to:
Educate the public about mental disorders and suicide prevention
Fund scientific research
Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation
Offer educational programs for professionals
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