Jun
30

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Chicago Walk Raised Money for Suicide Prevention

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Participants in Chicago’s Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk for suicide prevention, succeeded in raising over two million dollars last weekend!  This year’s walk was unique in that it was dedicated to America’s soldiers, and to preventing suicide among those in uniform.

Good Turnout

I attended the opening ceremony, which included heartfelt testimonials from a variety of people who had been affected by suicide.  I then joined the walkers on a short stretch along the lake shore heading north.  When the last of us were coming around the Shed Aquarium, the wide column of

The line of walkers stretched as far as the eye could see.

The line of walkers stretched as far as the eye could see.

walkers extend forward as far as the eye could see toward Navy Peer.  This was just the first leg of their 18 mile, night-long journey.  It is estimated that 1500 walkers participated in this year’s event, which ended with a closing ceremony at sunrise.

Behind the Scenes

I also volunteered on Monday morning to help the crew organize and pack up all their supplies.  It was great to meet a few of the organizers and see how much work goes into such events behind the scenes. In addition to all the walkers, there were about 500 crew members and volunteers that helped make this event happen.

Volunteer, massage therapist Andrea Hughes, packing supply bins after the event.

Volunteer, massage therapist Andrea Hughes, packing supply bins after the event.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

This event was organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  The AFSP was founded in 1987, due to concern about the alarming rise in suicide over the previous four decades.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 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…  (click here to read more about AFSP’s mission, activities and history)

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park (60477); near Oak Forest, Orland Park, Mokena, and Frankfort.

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