On Saturday, September 29 I'll be walking in the 6th Annual 'Be a Friend' 5K Walkathon to support Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center and their work to help New Yorkers who are in distress and suicidal, and save lives.
Samaritans operates the only community-based organization in the NYC area devoted solely to helping people in distress and they've been saving lives for over 30 years. In that time, hundreds of Samaritans volunteers responded to 1.3 million calls on their24-hour crisis hotline, their public education program trained over 40,000 health providers, and their support groups for survivors of suicide loss provided solace to over 1,000 people.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and 1 out of 5 Americans experience depression each year. Though most of us know someone who struggles with problems related to mental health, trauma or a significant loss, very few people make charitable donations to prevent suicide.
So please support my efforts--and those of Samaritans - over 100 caring volunteers and friends--to help Samaritans meet the increasing need in NYC for suicide prevention and crisis response services. It is a wonderful organization doing incredible life-saving work. Every donation is 100% tax-deductible and will help the Samaritans continue to operate their hotline, survivor, and public education programs.
Every donation is really appreciated, no matter the size--and even if you can't donate at this time, please share my page with friends and family who may be interested!
For more information on the Samaritans, please visit http://www.samaritansnyc.org/ or read this article from the New York Times that describes the impact of Samaritans: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/nyregion/03nyc.html