I am so excited to be running for the Samaritans! Samaritans does life saving work. I know the comfort they give on a personal level, as I wrote a memoir (In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide) about the impact of my mother's suicide and right before I went "public" I met with Roberta Hurtig, the Executive Director of the Samaritans. She was by my side at many a book reading. This steady presence for those of us who have lost someone ot suicide gives us courage to move on.
As a child psychiatrist I know that many times when someone is suicidal, it is a temporary crisis that can resolve in 24 hours (www.meansmatters.org). When someone is desolate, a call to the Samaritans and talking to a volunteer can be vital so someone can find life saving strength.
I have been a long distance runner for over thirty years with nine Boston Marathons under my belt. Each marathon is different: the weather, the pace, my age! And this will be an extra special run as I am joining with the Samaritans team and my daughter Lila, a first marathon for her. I hope I can channel my competitive energy to raising funds for Samaritans; I am replacing my speed with endurance and persistence.
I am indebted to each one of you who will take the time to contribute.
No matter how you decide to contribute, please know that your support will help ensure that our confidential and anonymous befriending services remain available to the members of our community who are feeling lonely, desperate and suicidal. Thank you so much!