My name is Betty and thank you for visiting my fundraising page for the Samaritans of New York 6th annual walk for suicide prevention on September 29.
This year I became a full-time student, part-time dog walker, and a volunteer for Samaritans of New York which operates a 24/7 hotline for anyone in crisis who needs to talk. I have been profoundly inspired this year by so many new people in my life — doctors, nurses, professors, classmates, and everyone who volunteers and works at the Samaritans. And also by our callers. Although each call and conversation is confidential and anonymous and we are only there to listen, be empathetic, and provide support, every call is personal and most times deeply affecting because it reminds us that it's always good to talk to somebody without feeling shame or judgement. If we have access to resources for physical health, nutrition, and medicine, then mental health should be just another priority for everyone instead of an afterthough.
Samaritans operates the only community-based organization in NYC devoted solely to helping people in distress. They have been saving lives for over 30 years. In that time, hundreds of Samaritans volunteers responded to 1.3 million calls on our crisis hotline, our public education program trained over 40,000 health providers and our support groups for survivors of suicide loss provided solace to over 1,000 people.
Please donate any amount - nothing is too great or too little. And please look at these photos of my dog pals who always inspire me and feel the love to donate in honor of someone you loved that died by suicide.
Thank you so much.