Out of the Darkness walk supports suicide prevention

To the Editor:

Please join hundreds of us as we walk in unified solidarity in the Out of the Darkness walk to erase the stigma around suicide and mental illness and as we help those in need on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Oakledge Park-Upper Shelter (Flynn Avenue) in Burlington at 9 a.m. You can find out more at www.afsp.org/burlington.

There are more suicides in Vermont each year than motor vehicle fatalities or homicides.

On average one person dies by suicide every four days in the state.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Vermont for people aged 15-34.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Thanks to walkers and donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

We extend heartfelt thanks to our generous sponsors including Main Street Landing, Almartin Volvo, Bytes.co, Pet Food Warehouse, AFSP, Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, www.scda1.com, University of Vermont Medical Center, and Green Mountain Harley-Davidson.  Please join us and share this with everyone you know.

If you know of anyone in immediate crisis, please have them call the

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Let them know they are not alone, they are precious to so many, and there is hope.

Ashley Prout McAvey

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