I thought it would be easier to write this. Honestly, I did. I figured I could just put my message out there, hope someone reads it, and do my thing from there. But rarely, if ever, is it that simple.
A month or so ago I found out about Out of the Darkness Community Walks, which are put on by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). I didn’t know much about AFSP other than what I could take from their title (key words: “prevention” and “suicide”), so I read some more about the Community Walks and what they accomplished. I was blown away. And I knew that somehow, I had to be part of it.
Held in hundreds of cities in every state of the country, the walks bring awareness and raise funds for the AFSP and their programs, bringing together those that have been affected by suicide.
As I’ve said in earlier posts, mental illness – and suicidal thoughts – do not discriminate. They can happen to anyone. It could be your co-worker, your friend, a family member or a loved one. You probably know someone who has thought about suicide before. And if you haven’t – Hi, nice to meet you.
I will be taking part in an Out of Darkness Community Walk on October 28th in Washington DC, along with many other people who have been affected by suicide and mental illness in one way or another. If you’re in the area, feel free to come walk with me. You can also donate to the event in the link below.
But most importantly, if there’s anyone you know that would benefit from this, please let them know that things like this walk exist. There is a movement of people who will fight their hardest against suicide and mental illness – and we’re not going anywhere.
If you’d like to donate/share about this walk, my donation page can be found here.