In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. But there is a way we can help prevent them in the future.
You can now walk to save lives, raise funds, and honor loved ones, by participating in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, on October 6, in Grand Rapids, at Millennium Park. Check in time is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Funds will support the mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention funding national and local suicide prevention programs and research. To register for the walk, please visit www.outofthedarkness.org or call 888-333-2377.
Being aware of some of the key suicide warning signs such as feeling hopeless, withdrawing from friends and family and making suicidal statements, can help save lives. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or just needs to talk, call 800-273-TALK (8255). Help is available 24 hours a day, every day.