At the age of 35 years old, my father decided that he no longer wanted to deal with the pain. My father made the decision to end his life. Just a week past my 8th birthday, I lost my father to mental illness. A man who had never shown an ounce of anger towards me, a man who always did everything he could physically and mentally to care for me, was gone.
I choose to walk and for suicide prevention so that other children don’t have to live through the suffering that I lived through. No child should lose a parent at all, and definitely not to mental illness. Mental illness is treatable, and there is help available. I choose to walk so that no one has to learn that their loved one chose to no longer fight mental illness. So that no one has to learn that their loved one felt so alone and unloved that they didn’t want to live.
Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Buffalo Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP's bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Please help me reach my goal by clicking the "Donate" button on this page. All donations are 100% tax deductible and benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), funding research, education, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in our latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.