Chicago Suicide Prevention WalkBy
Suicide Prevention Walk in Chicago this Weekend
This weekend, the city of Chicago will host an 18-mile walk, from sunset to sunrise, to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention, education, research programs, and to support those whose lives have been impacted by suicide loss.
“Out of the Darkness Overnight,” organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will start with an opening ceremony on Saturday, June 27th at 7pm, at Soldier Field. Walkers will be cheered on by crew and spectators along their route, and the walk will end with the sunrise, back at Soldier Field with a closing ceremony at about 5am.
How You Can Participate
Many walkers, crew members and volunteers have devoted long hours to this important event, but others can also participate meaningfully by attending the opening ceremony (which is free of charge and open to the public), by cheering walkers on along their route, or by attending the sunrise closing ceremony (again free of charge and open to the public).
How I plan to Participate
I just found out about this event today, and seeing that they needed volunteers for Monday after the event, I’ve decided to go ahead an volunteer. I also plan on being a spectator on Saturday night. I look forward to a moving opening ceremony and to cheering the walkers on. I would encourage anyone reading this to also attend, and to consider volunteering.
About the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and About Suicide
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading national non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide. The AFSP writes:
Close to one million people make a suicide attempt each year, and every 16 minutes someone dies by suicide int he US. More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness, most often depression. More than 24 million people suffer from depression or another mood disorder each year. Suicide affects people of all age groups and socio-economic backgrounds. It is the fourth leading cause of death among adults 18-65, the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths.
Local Newspaper Story
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.