Friends and Family, I am participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk in memory of Errin Britt who was not only one of my best friends but a member of our family, who died by suicide on August 2, 2015. This was something none of us or the people around her saw coming and, honestly, she would be the last person I would think of doing something like this. The evening I learned my best friend took her life was the most emotional, devastating, tragic day of my life. The journey I have endured since has been challenging, heart-wrenching, and often painful. Although time continues to pass by, I think about her lovingly, every single day. This is how I heal.
I can't change what happened, but I can try to take something from this and turn it into good. When I deal with people, I try to keep in mind that you don't know what is going on inside. They could have their own inner problems or cross to bear, so everyone deserves patience and a tender touch to help them. The other important message is that when someone is in pain or trouble, it is so important that they ask for help and lean on others. No one should try to handle troubles on their own. It is always easier to come up with solutions and to find your way through a problem with help from someone else. It is okay to ask for help! Maybe you know someone who has committed suicide, or who attempted and wasn't successful, or has suffered from depression or is currently depressed; maybe you have personally battled this mental illness yourself. If any of these scenarios strike a chord with you, please consider donating. Any amount you can give, large or small truly does matter and truly does make a difference.
The biggest way I am honoring her memory and trying to stop this from happening to other families, is by participating in the AFSP- Out of the Darkness Walk. The goal of the walk is to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention, education, research, and support for survivors and families. Please support me as I take an amazing journey. Net proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, funding research, advocacy, survivor support, education, and awareness programs – both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide.
Thank you for being a part of my life, for supporting me in this important cause and for all the support you have given me over the past seven months. Your support and generosity will help create light for people who find themselves in dark places - those who are suffering, and those who are left behind. I invite you to walk with us on Saturday, April 22, 2017, East Baltimore Campus, Baltimore, MD 21205 registration check in begins at 9:30 am. My personal goal is to raise $1000.00. To register for the walk or make a donation (Any contribution is appreciated, no matter the size) please visit: Thank you in advance for your support.
With light and love,
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!