To the editor:
Our community knows as well as any that suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers, schools and entire communities. We can't afford to stand by and watch this preventable public health issue take more lives in our community. It's time to take action.
Last week, the world was shocked to hear that funny man Robin Williams died by suicide. I personally have experienced that feeling of shock when a personal mentor of mine died by suicide. I felt helpless but determined not to have his death be in vain so I became a volunteer to raise awareness and money for our community for prevention research and education.
I urge you to consider participating or contributing to the Out of the Darkness walk to be held on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Lake Placid.
During the months of September and October, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Capital Region, New York Chapter will hold three Out of the Darkness Community Walks, including one locally in Lake Placid, to raise vital funds for prevention research and education and just as important, raise awareness about suicide.
Money raised from this event goes back into the community with a variety of prevention, education, training and support programs available at no charge. These events are open to anyone in the community.
For so many, the walks become a place where people who have been affected by suicide realize they are not alone.
To learn more about AFSP or to register for the North Country Walk, please visit www.afsp.org/crnywalks.