Geri Barrows

Team Captain Colchester Cares Burlington VT Walk

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Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Burlington VT Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP's bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.

As many of you know, I have experienced loss by suicide.  In 2009, at the age of 39, I lost my brother; in 2013, at the age of 13, we lost a loving, close family friend, Grace; in 2014, at the age of 36, a very close friend and neighbor’s son, Rob. The everlasting shock, devastation, pain and guilt suicide causes is beyond words.

Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined, and yet suicide prevention doesn't get anywhere near the funding given to other leading causes of death.

As quoted in the Washington Post:  "We often train to know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver or first aid. But the reality is, it's much more likely that we're going to come in contact with someone suffering from an emotional crisis than someone suffering a heart attack or choking in a restaurant."

This is such an important issue that deserves so much more attention.  It is a pressing issue we face in our communities. Your support can save lives and the impact will be far reaching.

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.

Thank you for your support!

~Geri

 

 

 

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