You might have known someone who has committed suicide. In the small Tri-Lakes community many of us know Deb and Doug Jerdo. They are a couple in the area who has dealt with the tremendous loss of their daughter Lindsay by illness and then shortly afterwards the loss of their son Joshua by suicide. Their strong faith and focus on preventing other families from losing loved ones by suicide has resulted in them holding a walk to raise awareness.
The walk called North Country Out of the Darkness Walk is part of a national suicide prevention movement, and will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Lake Placid Speed Skating Oval. You can register or make donations on behalf of a participant, or you can do so by going online to www.outofthedarkness.org.
(Look in “New York events” for North Country Out of the Darkness.)
Within every 60 seconds someone tries to commit suicide. By walking Sunday or donating online, you may save a life. Half of the funds will stay in the North Country for mental health programs and the other half to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for research and outreach programs.
To raise awareness, it will help those left behind learn how to talk about it and prevent it from happening to others. If we address depression and other mental illness by understanding suicide we can bring it out of the darkness and into the light.
Too many have hurt so much that they have turned to suicide and that can be avoided with the community’s help. If you are interested in participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk, call Debra or Doug Jerdo at (518) 891-0351.
If you are considering suicide, you can find help by contacting the following.
For emotional crises: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-TALK (8255); The Essex County Mental Health Association Hope Line, (800) 440-8074.
If you can’t get through, hang up and try again or call 911 or go to your closest emergency room.
For counseling: Essex County Mental Health, 873-3670; Franklin County Social Services, (518) 481-1808.