On April 20,2020, just days before the 4th Anniversary of my father’s passing, I will be running the Boston Marathon with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I’m honored to be 1 of 8 runners selected nationally to represent AFSP.
My dad, Steve Farrell is remembered by everyone as a hardworking, fun loving, and selfless husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was my best friend. My dad was always the first person I would call, whether it was to see if he wanted to go to a concert, needed career advice, or see if he wanted to go out for a run. He agreed to run several races with me, including the Broad Street run a few times! He was always my biggest supporter and advocate! Since my father took his life, I have become his biggest advocate. I became involved with AFSP to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention, and to take the stigma away from asking for help.
My family shares our story in the hopes of several things…
1. That we will continue to be more accepting and less judgmental of those suffering from mental illness. That if mental illness happens to a friend or family member of yours; you will be there for them. Help them see the light at the end of the tunnel.
2. That you will consider making a contribution to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention today, as the work they are doing is really important to our society. Suicide IS preventable. We can help stop many of these deaths from occurring.
3. That you’ll get out there and support a cause that has touched you whether it be directly or indirectly. I encourage you to share your story and do what you can to shine a light on that cause.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
* Funding scientific research
* Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
* Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
* Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission
I run for my dad, for those who have lost their battle with mental health, for those among us who struggle daily, for those who have lost a loved one by suicide.