Holding up my end of the bargain!!
May 28, 2017
BENEFITING: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
ORGANIZER: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I am so excited and humbled to be one of five team members running the Boston Marathon for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention this year.
As many of my friends and family know, this is a cause that is very dear to me. Four years ago I lost my father to suicide, when he lost his battle with mental health and depression. He became yet another victim, another statistic associated with the devastatingly prominent black hole of depression. This is a battle that many of us are not familiar with or do not understand, and maybe for these reasons it is too seldom discussed. However it is important not only that we provide those who struggle with the help and resources they need, but also that we as a society educate ourselves, start talking, and end the stigma surrounding mental health.
This year, in addition to running the marathon, I will be raising funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. These funds will be used to improve programs for those who struggle, to educate the public and facilitate events that bring people together and get them talking, as well as for research and improvements in treatment, so that we may reduce the percentage of our loved ones who fall through the many cracks in our current mental health system.
Although I will never fully understand and my questions will never be answered, I now have the opportunity to be the voice that starts the conversation. Please help me spread the word by sharing with all your friends, family, and coworkers.
Thank you all so much for your support....see you at the finish line!!
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention wrote -
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, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.