In 2006 I lost a classmate of mine, Tommy Fuss, as he took his own life. I remember Tommy as a dedicated student, a force on the flag football field, and a friend.
On June 17, 2017, I will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk as part of the Tommy Fuss Team.
This is an 18 mile overnight walk in Washington, DC. This is the team's 11th walk and to date we have collectively walked over 2,000 miles and raised over $300,000. Our goal is to continue to raise awareness, remove the stigmas associated with mental illness and raise funds for the important work of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Donation or not, please check out the facts below to educate yourself and help spread the word about just what a challenge we are up against.
A few staggering statistics:
The suicide rate among the nation’s active-duty military personnel spiked in 2012, eclipsing the number of troops whom died in battle
Every 12.8 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, aids, birth defects, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease COMBINED
Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24
In 2013, 494,169 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in our latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.