On behalf of all of us at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, our thoughts are with you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. Through our close-knit AFSP family in communities across the country, we will get through this together. You are not alone.
The safety and health of our community is our top priority. Therefore, with your well-being in mind, we have decided not to host an in-person Overnight Walk on June 20.
In keeping with the magic of The Overnight, we will be hosting the first Virtual Overnight Experience this June to continue to honor loved ones we've lost to suicide and to support those who are struggling. We will stay connected during this time and lift each other up, just as we would have done in person.
Your dedication to preventing suicide is an inspiration to so many. YOU are what makes The Overnight so meaningful and impactful and I know you will make our first Virtual Overnight just as special as past Overnight Walks.
Please remember physical distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. It’s more important than ever to stay connected to family, friends, co-workers, classmates and your AFSP family through phone calls and online. We can be there for each other and provide mutual support without coming into physical contact.
One certainty during this time is that AFSP will continue to be here to support you and your community in taking care of your mental health and ensuring the suicide prevention resources needed are available. AFSP’s lifesaving work is only possible because of passionate, dedicated individuals like you. If your situation allows you to continue fundraising in support of our work at this time, please know your efforts will make an incredible impact on our efforts. We are, and continue to be, grateful for your support.
Thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do, to save lives and help those affected by suicide. I look forward to virtually connecting with you in June!
All my best,
Chief Executive Officer
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention