BENEFITING: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
ORGANIZER: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
On November 6, I will be running my fourth (and last!) New York City marathon. To make my last marathon more meaningful, I decided to run on Team AFSP to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention.
Although suicide affects people of all ages, my goal is to encourage parents of teens to have a conversation with your children about mental health and suicide.
I had never discussed these topics with my children until I read about Madison Holleran, a talented runner who died by suicide while a freshman at University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Madison’s parents were publicly outspoken because they wanted to break the stigma and to encourage other parents to talk with their children.
Since Madison’s death, my two oldest children have each lost a classmate to suicide, and they are not alone. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents and the second for college aged students.
I'd like to support the AFSP's efforts to spread the message that "Talk Saves Lives." While a senior in high school, my daughter distributed “Life Saver” candies labeled with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1-800-273- TALK (8255). She literally put help in the hands of each of her classmates. We need to tell our loved ones -- especially teens -- that help is available if they ever need it.
Please join me in my efforts to end the stigma, raise awareness, and support the AFSP. My goal is to raise $3,000 by the end of October. Any amount that you can contribute is greatly appreciated and is tax deductible. But most importantly, I encourage you to have a conversation with your teens.