My name is Seth and I am a survivor of suicide loss. Twenty years ago both my father, Lyndle, and brother, Holland, tragically took their own lives. They were both amazing men but unfortunately were overcome by their own darkness, pain, addictions and mental illnesses. Although Lyndle and Holland left us far too soon, they will never be forgotten.
On June 4, 2017, I will be participating in the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim for the fourth time to honor my dad and brother. The swim is a 1.5-mile journey through the San Francisco Bay waters from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. One of the scenic backdrops during the swim is the Golden Gate Bridge. Since 1937, over 1,600 people have killed themselves by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
The suicide rate in the United States has surged to the highest level since 1986: 13 deaths per 100,000 people. Also, mental illness is increasingly prevalent in today’s society and sadly, it is completely treatable. Ninety percent (90%) of those who die by suicide had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. Mental illness alone and its combination with alcohol and drug addiction can make sufferers feel there is no way to escape the darkness and pain other than to take their own lives.
On the twentieth anniversary of their deaths, I am escaping from Alcatraz to honor my dad and brother and to show that even out of the darkness of the San Francisco Bay waters, the light at the finish line can shine through. Please join with me in the fight to help people who in the darkness of their pain are contemplating taking their own life, as well as those surviving families and friends who suffer from suicide's devastating effects.
I am asking you for a donation, no matter how big or small, that will all go to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (the “AFSP”). My personal fundraising goal is to raise $50,000 by the time I jump in the water on June 4th!Fifty percent (50%) of the funds raised will go directly to my local San Diego AFSP Chapter and the other fifty percent (50%) will go directly to AFSP-National.
The AFSP is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Every donation is deductible as a charitable contribution as allowed by law. The AFSP's tax identification number is 13-3393329.
I included some great pictures of Lyndle and Holland here I am sure you will enjoy.
The AFSP is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to funding research, developing prevention initiatives and offering educational programs and conferences for survivors, mental health professionals, physicians and the public. All of the proceeds to benefit the AFSP.
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.