I'm very proud and excited to run the NYC Half Marathon for Samaritans of New York. This amazing organization provides suicide prevention programs, such as their 24-hour crisis hotline.
"Providing services to people of every age, sex, culture, socio-economic standing, religion and sexual identity, Samaritans responds to every kind of personal, emotional or health-related problem imaginable, from a bad day or a broken heart to mood disorders and mental illness to a chronic or life-threatening disease, trauma or loss.
The mission of Samaritans confidential 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline is to provide immediately accessible and ongoing emotional support and/or appropriate crisis responses to individuals who are in distress, depressed, experiencing trauma or other overwhelming, self-destructive or violent feelings by making caring volunteers who are professionally trained in active listening and suicide assessments available on an as-needed basis to assist those individuals in coping during their times of crisis."
The NYC Half will be my second half marathon and I'm hoping to beat my first time (of course)! When I started runnning a few years ago, I couldn't imagine having the mental strength to run for more than 30 minutes; I was too much in my head and intrusive thoughts would take over. Now, running gets me out of my head, helps me focus on my body, and enjoy the world around me. Setting new goals for myself keeps me motivated to get the miles in and take care of myself.
I hope you'll consider donating; you'll be helping my push to the next challenge and more importantly, contributing to the mental health and emotional support of countless people in need.