Guest: Neena Grover Founder of a suicide prevention walk, which is adopted by AFSP Organization: AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) www.afsp.org Contact: 1-800-333-AFSP Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Prevention Walk: After losing her 23 year old son, Neil Grover, to suicide in 1998, Neena Grover, along with a few other mothers, started a suicide prevention walk, (called End of Secrecy) in Longmeadow, MA, in 2001. The objective was to raise awareness, and to dispel the stigma attached to this silent epidemic.
AFSP: In 2003 the walk was adopted by AFSP, and named Out of the Darkness Walk. AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide. As of Sept. 2010, the walk has been adopted by about 250 communities across country, and has raised critical awareness, and $4.5m for AFSP's programs.
In the U.S. one person commits suicide every 15 minutes
It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-25 year olds, and 2nd among college students
Approximately 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from serious depression
Suicide is preventable, and depression treatable, if we drop the shame and stigma attached to it, and seek help. For life saving info visit www.afsp.org
(show #33, Jan. 2011)
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