The following American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Press Release references the Indianapolis Out of the Darknesss Community Walk that The Cheap Gourmet is helping to raise funds for through our "Cooking for Colebear" recipe booklet. We thank you for your support and donations to this worthy cause!
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release August, 2011
Subject: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Announces 7th Annual Indianapolis Out of the Darkness Community Walk
INDIANAPOLIS, IN— On Saturday, September 10, 2011, the canal at White River State Park, downtown Indianapolis, will be the site for the 7th annual Out of the Darkness Walk fundraising event benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and its Indiana Chapter.
As one of 12 community and campus walks in Indiana and over 240 walks taking place around the country this year, the event will help fund the AFSP’s ongoing efforts with research, education, advocacy and prevention initiatives designed to reduce the loss of life from suicide as well as provide support for survivors.
Suicide is a major health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers and the entire community. Approximately 800 Hoosiers die by suicide annually, which is more than double the number of homicides in Indiana. Hoosier teen suicide rates, at 17.2%, are four percent higher than the national average. With an estimated 55,000 Hoosier teens thinking about suicide in any two-week period, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor the work more urgent.
In the U.S. alone, approximately 20.9 million people suffer from serious depression. Ninety percent of the people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health disorder (often depression) at the time of their death. The lingering stigma attached to seeking help for mental health issues may be a contributing factor to undiagnosed depression.
The community walks are part of AFSP’s awareness strategy to help ‘Silence the Stigma’ of suicide and depression. 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 depressive illnesses and those impacted by suicide.
The goal for this year’s Indianapolis walk is to raise $70,000. Monies raised will help us achieve another goal, that of getting the More Than Sad program (AFSP's educational video program- (www.morethansad.org ) into Middle School and High Schools across the state, at no charge to the school, along with our Truth About Suicide video into every college.
Registration the day of the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 10:00 a.m. Participation is free. Registration and walker information is available by visiting the Indianapolis page at www.Outofthedarkness.org.
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