In 2017, the world of music was rocked by the loss of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington to suicide. It was at that point that I decided to use my platform at DC101 to raise awareness for the fight to #StopSuicide. I've spoken to countless people impacted by suicide and the first thing we discuss is how important it is that we TALK about it. Our goal is to continue that conversation in 2020 and beyond and this year, I’m excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Leidos for Washington D.C’s Out of the Darkness Walk Experience.
Leidos is a corporation that tackles difficult problems. As mental health continues to be elevated on the global agenda – there is a sense of urgency but there is no clear path forward. For that reason, Leidos has made a commitment to help find solutions and foster an environment that encourages mental well-being within our communities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), untreated mental disorders now account for more than 10 percent of the total global burden of all disease and, by 2030, depression alone will be the leading cause of disability around the world. With an issue this critical, it’s even more important that together, we help fight the stigma associated with mental health and suicide. #TogetherToFightSuicide
While the D.C. Walk is going to look a little different this year, our goal remains the same and is more important now than ever. We are still here, united in our effort to fight suicide and support of AFSP's mission.
Please join us for the 2020 Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Experience andhelp us reach our fundraising goal. Last year we raised more than $150,000 and this year, we plan to raise another $50,000+.
To make a donation to a participating team member, click the “Roster” tab above and select “Donate Now!” Note: Donations can only be made through a participant’s fundraising page, but all funds count toward our collective team goal/total.
All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help bring AFSP one step closer to achieving their bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.