Community support of suicide prevention
Re: Out of the Darkness Walk
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country. Sadly, it is the sixth leading cause here in Wyoming. Suicide affects one in five American families. It touches millions of lives — people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds — but the research is clear: suicide is preventable, and the more people who stand up for suicide prevention and mental health, the more lives we can save.
If you’ve lost someone to suicide, or you or someone you know suffers from a mental health condition like depression or anxiety, please join us for the seventh annual Sheridan County Out of the Darkness Walk to fight suicide on Saturday, Sept. 16. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Whitney Commons Park, or you can register in advance, at afsp.org/SheridanCounty.
Six years ago, I walked in my first Out of the Darkness Walk for my son Justin.
Saturday, I’m walking for him again, and for all those who have lost their battles with depression and/or anxiety, for all those who have lost a loved one to this preventable cause of death, and for all those who struggle with mental health issues.
Funds raised support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025 through research, education, advocacy and support.
These walks are truly uplifting experiences, and they grow every year.
Hope to see you there.