Suicide Prevention Foundation to Host Its Fundraising Walk
Byline: Submitted by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Outreach -CLMN-
Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Outreach's Illinois chapter has already reached more than one million people this year with its prevention resources and support programs.
The organization hopes to raise both funds and awareness with its upcoming "Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk," which will take place in Libertyville Saturday, Sept. 29.
Volunteers walk for three miles to raise money for AFSP programs. Many also have personal reasons for participating.
First-year walker Heather Voight said, "I'm walking because I contemplated suicide in 2005. At the time, I felt so alone. I didn't know that other people experienced depression, or that it was a disease -- I just thought I was weak. I want other people who are depressed to know there are people and resources available to help them, and that it's OK to ask for help."
For details about the walk, visit www.ChicagoWalk.org.
Volunteer fundraising enables AFSP to promote suicide prevention in high schools and colleges. …