This past weekend I had the privilege of joining hundreds of others in the North Texas area in a community walk to help bring awareness to mental health issues and reduce the stigma surrounding suicide.
Last year was my first year attempting to break my silence about how I’d been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide along with my personal battles with depression but I was still on the fence about participating. However, seeing the countless number of others come together for the cause inspired me to go a bit further in my efforts.
This year, I could tell I’ve come full circle. The camaraderie displayed always does my heart good. I no longer look at it as a sad reminder of the life I lost nor am I too ashamed to speak out. I now see it as a way to cherish their memory and keep moving forward by doing what I can to help prevent others from having to experience the same tragic loss.
Thanks to our participation, the North Texas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was able to raise $135k to help continue it’s research, education and prevention initiatives. With more than 38,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.
Again I say thank you to everyone that made donations and helped promote the cause on my behalf. Since this is something near and dear to my heart, words cannot express how much your support in this endeavor meant to me.
Here’s to next year being even bigger and better!