This August, I am honored to be running the Falmouth Road Race alongside my sister, Annie, on behalf of the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition.
The mission of the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition is to provide Cape Cod and the Island communities with the necessary information and tools to raise awareness, promote education and increase action to reduce suicides. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1999-2016, suicide rates increased by more than 30% throughout half of the United States. In Massachusetts alone, suicide rates increased by an alarming 35.3%. In 2016, the suicide death rate in the Cape Cod & Islands was reported to be 1.4 times that of the state of Massachusetts.
Implementing effective prevention strategies is key to promoting suicide awareness and encouraging a commitment to social change. As such, the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition offers free & subsidized suicide prevention trainings to the local community, businesses and organizations.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal to support this organization's important initiatives as we continue to work toward spreading suicide awareness and reducing suicide rates together.