Suicide Prevention Walk Saturday Sept. 29
Coming up this Saturday (Sept. 29), is another Out Of The Darkness community walk to raise money and awareness for AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). This year's goal is $60,000. Registration and/or donations can be made here.
The walk will take place at 10 AM (registration/check in at 9 AM) at Monument Mountain High School in Great Barrington, MA.
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
Lee Watroba from BCSP (Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention) joined Slater and Marjo this morning (Sept. 24) to remind us that death by suicide is up nationally, with Berkshire County having the highest rate in Massachusetts (2016).
Mental health issues and thoughts of suicide are still heavily stigmatized, the walk is a great way to give people "the courage to open up about there own struggle or loss".
Anyone struggling with mental health can get help by calling National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.