Guest: Neena Grover                                                                                
Founder of a suicide prevention walk, which is adopted by AFSP     
AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
Contact: 1-800-333-AFSP
Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK   

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.

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.

Suicide Statistics:
  • 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

(show #33, Jan. 2011)
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