PHILADELPHIA October 5, 2014 – Thousands of people touched by suicide and mental disorders will participate in a 5-mile Walk in Philadelphia on Sunday, October 5, making a bold statement to raise funds and awareness for suicide education and prevention at our annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, a beautiful and iconic backdrop, serves as the site for the Walk’s opening and closing ceremonies as participants hear stories of remembrance and triumph. For More information click on the Frequently Asked Questions Document.
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Making a Difference in Philadelphia
AFSP, through its local chapters, works to fund suicide education, prevention and advocacy efforts. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter, chartered in 1999, supports local efforts such as:
- Working to implement AFSP’s More Than Sad educational program into local schools to provide necessary education to students and faculty about factors that put youth at risk for suicide, in particular depression and other mental disorders.
- Organizing local fundraising events such as Out of the Darkness Community and Campus Walks
- Leading national and local government advocacy efforts.
- Providing resources for survivors of suicide loss including outreach and support programs.
- Turning the tide on suicide statistics by implement the Interactive Screening Program (ISP) in local colleges, industries, and organizations.
- Strengthening the community by sponsoring regional Mental Health First Aid Courses.
Suicide Is Preventable
A suicide attempt happens every minute of every day. A person dies by suicide about every 14 minutes in the United States making suicide the 10th leading cause of U.S. deaths, the fourth among 18 to 65 year old adults. Yet,more than 90 percent of people who take their own lives have at least one diagnosable and treatable mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and/or alcohol and substance abuse. Despite these statistics, suicide and mental illness remain hidden and shrouded in stigma. With better recognition and treatment many suicides can be prevented. The Overnight brings these issues into the spotlight, reducing the stigma and allowing the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to continue its life-saving work.
“While participants join The Overnight for various reasons – they’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness, lost a loved one to suicide, or just want to support the cause – our mission is unified: bring the issues of suicide and mental health out of the darkness and into the light,” said Robert Gebbia, CEO, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Suicide is preventable and the more of us that participate this June the louder our voice will be in making it a national priority, so we can change the future of this serious public health problem.”
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP, www.afsp.org) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies: Funds scientific research; Offers educational programs for professionals; Educates the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention; Promotes policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention; Provides programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involves them in the work of the Foundation. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has 64 local chapters with events nationwide. Review the Annual Report to learn more about AFSP’s life-saving work. Join the national conversation on suicide by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.