Did you know, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined? After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death. While other leading causes of death have decreased or remained steady in recent years, U.S. suicide rates have reached a 50-year high. 48,344 Americans died by suicide in 2018, Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America and the 2nd leading cause of death among 10-34 year olds.
U.S. suicide rates are the highest among white, middle-aged men but suicide knows no boundaries. Suicide deaths occur across all ages, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Many people who die by suicide have underlying mental health conditions, however suicide is rarely caused by a single factor. Other problems related to relationships, substance use, physical health, and job, money, legal, or housing stress may also contribute to self-harm. While there's no simple solution to this pressing problem, suicide prevention is everyone’s business!
Please support Mind Over Matter and help us erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, provide hope, and raise funding for life-saving programs. If you’re looking to do more than just participate in the 15th Annual MOM Race on Saturday, May 2nd in Royal Oak, consider fundraising for MOM using GoFundMe Charity. All donations to Mind Over Matter are tax-exempt under IRS 501(c)(3). So create an online campaign, tell your story, share on social media, and watch the donations roll in! The individual and team that raise the most funds by advanced packet pick-up on Friday, May 1st will be recognized during the awards ceremony following the MOM Race.
To date, MOM has raised $400,000 for local brain research, suicide prevention programming, and crisis intervention service. Although nothing can bring our loved ones back, it's amazing what we can accomplish when we join forces to give mental illness and suicide the attention they deserve. That's Mind Over Matter!