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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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Jun
27

Suicide Prevention Videos

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Chicagoans Walk for Suicide Prevention Tonight

Tonight is the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Chicago.  The event will start at 7pm with an opening ceremony that is free and open to the public, at Soldier Field.  Here are a few videos to help you understand this event and this cause.  For more about this event see my previous post.

Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk Inspirational Video – 2009

Walking to Prevent Suicide

Suicide: What You Should Know

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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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.

The Plan

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

Here is a link to our local newspaper (the Southtown Star) story about this event.

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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