Why Should I Fundraise?

To Change the Statistics
To Educate
To Bring Hope and Healing
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To Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide

 

"I participated in fundraising because I though it would be a good way to get other people involved. Sharing my story made the experience more meaningful, memorable, and personal." - Undergrad, MN 

 

To Change the Statistics

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among ages 15 - 34 in the U.S.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
44,193 Americans die by suicide each year.*
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Fundraising will help fund research to improve interventions, train clinicians in suicide prevention, and advocate for policy that will save lives.

 

               

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"I fundraised because I think the AFSP Out of the Darkness walks are a great way to help people recognize that suicide prevention is a necessity and so is showing support for the people that need it the most." - Grad Student, PA

 

To Educate

 

Suicide prevention cannot happen without the programs that will educate and train the public on seeking help and knowing the signs.

 

Fundraising will bring AFSP's educational programs and Interactive Screening Program to local schools and communities.
 

           

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"I decided to fundraise because I had never done it before. I am getting my master's degree in mental health counseling, so it is a cause that is important to me. I felt more connected to the walk because of my fundraising efforts." - Grad Student, IA

 

To Bring Hope and Healing

 

Whether you have lost someone or are struggling with suicidal thinking - you are not alone.
 
Fundraising will bring AFSP's loss and healing and educational programs to those who have been affected by suicide.

 

        

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"If I can help keep anyone from feeling the pain that losing my father caused me I will, so raising awareness and helping with prevention is always something I'm interested in. Sharing my story helped me realize that I'm not alone. It's unfortunate to connect with people over something so tragic, but feeling like nobody else could understand makes the grieving process so much more complicated." - Alumni, MO

 

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If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

 

*AFSP's latest data on suicide are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2015.