Six years ago my beloved sister Julie died by suicide after valiantly fighting a difficult battle with bipolar disorder for most of her adult life. Losing a sister to suicide changed me in profound ways. In the years since her death I've learned so much about suicide prevention and how to help those suffering from mental illness. Suicide is a critical public health issue both nationally and in my home state of Utah. Suicide deaths are preventable! Increasing public awareness and education about suicide prevention best practices is a crucial part of preventing suicide deaths.
My hope is that by promoting suicide prevention education and helping to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness, those dealing with suicidal thoughts and/or mental health issues will be prompted to get help.
As a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), I know first-hand how important their work is. Their outreach and education programs are making a meaningful, positive impact in the fight against suicide in Utah and nationwide. Additionally, their suicide survivor loss programs are helpling tens of thousands of survivors, myself included, understand and heal from the trauma of losing someone to suicide.
I hope you'll consider supporting my participation in the Salt Lake City Out of the Darkness Walk on August 27, 2016. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
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Thank you for visiting my fundraising page and for supporting me in this important cause.