Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I walked in the 2017 Out of the Darkness St. Louis Walk to honor my daughter, Avery who died by suicide at the young age of 17, and to raise awareness and support AFSP's bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025. I also walked in celebration of Avery's 21st birthday. THANK YOU to those who joined me at this Walk.
A little about Avery ... Avery was a gifted student (4.4 gpa), National Honor Society, 2 sport Varsity athlete, Editor on her school newspaper, Class Treasurer, Freshman Mentor, "Be the Change" participant, party host at Chuck E. Cheese's, artist, friend to many ... and a very loving daughter. Avery was the proverbial 'girl next door'.
Behind her 'mask' was a severely depressed teenager. She also suffered from anxiety. She was brave and fought fiercely against the demons of depression until it overcame her that sunny afternoon on May 5, 2014. Although she struggled personally, it did not stop her from reaching out to help others. She just 'got it'. I often told her she was an 'old soul'. So wise and well spoken and well-written ... even when she was little.
Suicide does not discriminate. If this can happen to my precious daughter, Avery, it can happen in your family or to a loved one. Please support this cause and TALK about mental health. We need to 'Start the Conversation' when children are young. Mental health discussions should be the same as physical health discussions. Healthy children become healthy adults.
Please help me BREAK 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.
Thank you for your support in keeping Ave's spirit alive and donating to prevent future families from losing a loved one to 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.