Daphne Middle School Peer Helpers participate annually in the American Foundaion for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk.
In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes, claiming more than 39,500 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. We walk to save lives!
AFSP funds research aimed at improving our 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.We walk to raise funds!
Suicide is a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers, and the entire community. AFSP provides opportunities for survivors of suicide loss to get involved through a wide variety of educational, outreach, awareness, advocacy and fundraising programs. We walk to honor loved ones!
Save the date for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sunday, October 20. Registration starts at 1pm and the walk is from 2:45 until 4 pm. We have a team fundraising goal of $500. Students and their families that participate will need to register online and students will fundraise on their own during the week before the walk by selling $1 and $5 “lifesaver pledges” (like the ones you see at the grocery store checkout for different organizations).