Suicide is a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers and the entire community. In recent years, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has established community walks under the banner “Out of the Darkness.”
In Sheridan, the Sheridan County Suicide Prevention Coalition is getting the word out early for a Sheridan walk scheduled for September 11th. Vanessa Hastings is with the Coalition and she explains.
Hastings says the goal is for each person to raise a minimum of $150 on teams of at least ten people per team. Their ultimate goal is to raise $10,000 this first year of having the Out of the Darkness walk in Sheridan.
The funds raised go to research aimed at improving understanding of suicide and ways to prevent it, as well as educational programs to increase awareness about prevention, warning signs and the psychiatric illnesses that can lead to suicide.
While the Sheridan County Suicide Prevention Coalition has been around for a number of years, Hastings describes the benefit of having a chapter of the AFSP in Wyoming.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a person dies by suicide every 16 minutes, claiming more than 33,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute; with close to one million people attempting suicide annually.
To learn more about the upcoming Out of the Darkness walk, or to sign up for a team, check the link provided at sheridanmedia.com
http://www.outofthedarkness.org or call 763-3055 to speak with Hastings.