It's right around the corner- the 5th Annual 'BE A FRIEND' 5K Walkathon on Sunday, September 24 which supports Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center. I have been a Samaritans board member for several years, and now with Todd on my team, we are pretty much unstoppable walkers!
NYC's only community-based organization devoted to preventing suicide, Samaritans operates NYC's 24-hour suicide hotline, support groups that provide solace to those touched by suicide, and education programs that teach health providers how to help those who are depressed and in crisis.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and 1 out of 5 Americans experience depression each year. Though most of us know someone who struggles with problems related to mental health, trauma or a significant loss, very few people make charitable donations to prevent suicide. And while Samaritans is able to operate on a shoestring thanks to the contributions of its caring volunteers, it is greatly in need of your donations. Even the smallest donation makes a difference!
I guarantee that ALL of us have needed someone to talk to at one point or another. That means that everyone can relate to Samaritans' mission to leave no New Yorker without the opportinity for emotional support. It is a wonderful organization literally doing life-saving work. Every donation is 100% tax-deductible.
Thank you for your support!!!
Rachel and Todd