BENEFITING: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
EVENT DATE: Jul 18, 2016
HOURS PLEDGED: 5
On July 16th, I will be running in the 2016 Tough Mudder obstacle course in the Twin Cities. It is roughly 12 miles long with up to 20 obstacles. The course is brutal and it will be emotionally and physically challenging. It will take roughly three hours to finish and by the end of it I will be completely exhausted, sore, and spent. You may be asking yourself, "Why would anyone ever want to do this?" My answer is simple: suicide prevention.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and has recently hit a 25-year record high. Each year, 42,773 Americans die from suicide making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States The unfortunate and truly upsetting thing about these statistics is that suicide is preventable. Individuals who attempt and complete suicide do so when they are in an extremely vulnerable situation, typically one that they have been unable to cope with effectively. These individuals find themselves in places that appear to be hopeless, lonely, and only become worse when combined with drug or alcohol use.
The foundation that I am running for, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (https://afsp.org/), aims to reduce the suicide rate in the United States 25 percent by 2025 – an earnest and attainable goal.
It can be done! And with your support!
By donating the equivalent of a couple cups of coffee or a few gallons of gas, you are offering an individual the chance at life. With a goal of $1,000, only 100 people would need to donate a morning ritual or trip out to eat to help my pursuit of helping others.
If this all sounds like a lofty goal, it truly is not. The emotional load of a mental illness is truly staggering, and by sharing some of that load we are offering our hands to those that desperately need it.
By matching strength with strength, sacrifice with sacrifice, we will be able to give someone the hope they need to carry on.
For three hours on July 16th, I will be struggling against the obstacle course to help someone in need.
In what way can you join in this struggle and help unload some of the weight that sufferers of mental illness carry?
If you would like any more information on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, please visit the website provided. If you want to see more on the Tough Mudder challenge, or even join my team, contact me and visit https://toughmudder.com/events/2016-twin-cities.
Suicide prevention is an issue that means so much to me that I am ready to take on a great physical challenge to show support. I truly appreciate any donations to you may have to offer!