Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Hamden Walk to fight suicide and support AFSP's bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Out of the Darkness!
In generations-past, there was a sense of shame and a silence that was promoted regarding important personal and societal issues. These ‘forbidden topics’ included alcoholism, cancer, child sexual abuse, family violence, mental health issues, and suicide. The good news is that these sources of ‘embarrassment’ are now far more publicized, discussed, studied, and more effectively treated than ever before. The bad news is that each of these topics remain present and disruptive in our families and in our society.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention -- https://afsp.org/ -- attempts to address the ‘suicide’ topic and tragedy through local chapters, educational programs, suicide prevention research, support for loss survivors, advocacy and public policy interventions, and events that are fundraisers and increase community awareness. The AFCS Suicide Statistics pages indicate that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA, the rate of suicide has risen in nearly every state during the past decade, middle aged males are at the greatest risk, and firearms account for almost 50% of suicides.
Our Adolescent & Family Counseling Center, LLC, will be one of the sponsors and participants of the AFSP “Out of the Darkness” walk in Hamden, CT, on October 8th, 2017. As a sibling who lost my dear sister, Cindy, to suicide 46 years ago and as a clinical social worker who works toward prevention and healing, I invite you to participate. Access to our team-portion at website: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=1337854 .
If you are interested, you can donate to the event, walk with our AFCCenter team, or start your own team for this walk or during a future date in your own community. Join us in the education, fund-raising, and support of the research and community services aimed at preventing more of suicide now and for future generations.
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.
Special thanks to our national Out of the Darkness Walks sponsor
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.