Dear Family and Friends,
It has been just one year since I lost my beloved son Ben, age 16, on September 24, 2012. He lost his life to suicide. To say this was devastating for me and all of those that he touched in his lifetime would be a gross understatement. My life and hundreds of others have been changed forever.
In the year 2010 someone in the United States died by suicide every 13.7 minutes. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among fifteen to twenty-four year olds and the second leading cause of death among college students. However, most Americans remain unaware that suicide is a national health problem. The impact suicide has on the lives of family members, friends, co-workers, and the community is devastating.
I am taking part in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) walk on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Farmington Canal Trail in Hamden, CT. Registration can be done on-line or in person the day of the walk. Registration begins at 11am and the walk starts at 1 pm. I hope you will consider walking with me as I travel the beautiful paths here to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. A major goal of this event is to show support for the families and friends of the 33,000 Americans who die by suicide, and the 20 million people who suffer from depression, each year. Support of the community walks also helps to raise funds for suicide prevention research and educational programs; erase the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes; and encourage those who are suffering from mental illness to seek treatment. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 33,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.
I hope you will support my participation in this event by walking with me on October 6th. You may also make a contribution to the AFSP. Any contribution, no matter the amount, will help the AFSP and will be greatly appreciated. All monetary contributions are 100% tax deductible. To donate online, please go to the website www.outofthedarkness.org. Search for my name - Tara Carrasquillo - and click on search. Click on my name and then click on support me. If you'd rather mail a check, please make your check payable to AFSP and send it to me at 15 Harding Street, Hamden, CT 06518.
Thank you for considering this request for your support. If you have any questions about the Out of the Darkness Community Walks or AFSP do not hesitate to contact me or visit
Tara Carrasquillo ~ Ben's Mom