Our Suicide Prevention Awareness Virtual Race includes this 3″ medal. The outside of the medal is surrounded by a life ring representing the need to reach out and help those who are suffering in their own darkness. The runner is represented as breaking through, out of the dark emerging himself into the light.
Suicide is preventable.
Listen to their words and take it seriously.
Support their needs and be there for them.
Assist them in finding help.
This race raises funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as a way to raise awareness, offer support, fund research and call for action in regard to advancing a national response to the problem of suicide.
AFSP’s main objectives include:
- • Funding scientific research
- • Providing education to professionals
- • Raising awareness and informing the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
- • Advocating for government legislation that promotes suicide prevention efforts, and
- • Providing resources for families and individuals affected by suicide
Did You Know
• Talking about it does not cause it but may prevent it.
• In 2011, the highest suicide rate (18.6) was among people 45 to 64 years old. The second highest rate (16.9) occurred in those 85 years and older. Younger groups have had consistently lower suicide rates than middle-aged and older adults. In 2011, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 11.0.
• Suicide death rates vary considerably among different groups of people. The CDC reports suicide rates by four key demographic variables: age, sex, race/ethnicity, and geographic region/state.
• Research suggests that many other variables also affect suicide rates, such as socioeconomic status, employment, occupation, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Although individual states collect data on some of these characteristics, they are not included in national reports issued by the CDC.
• Public awareness and open discussion are the best way to reduce and eventually eliminate suicide.
• If you struggle with depression please don’t hesitate to tell someone you know or call the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-TALK.
(July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)