Hello, my name is William Lonergan and I’ve lost a few people to suicide, two of which were a large part of my life. Haley, my sister in law, just graduated from college with honors and was beginning her desired career as an oncology nurse when she took her life. While outwardly successful, she suffered from depression which she kept hidden from us all. Sahara, someone who I’ve shared so many memories with and was such an amazing person, was also suffering from depression and took her life also. It’s fitting that I’ll be crossing the Sahara desert as I raise money to help with preventing suicide. They both struggled with navigating this life, my goal is to help with this navigation by investing in suicide prevention. I plan to drive a monkey bike across Morocco in a race known as the Monkey Run.
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.