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Running for Chocolate, Running for My Friend

Mia Stewart

Mia Stewart

A close friend took his life at the start of this year, I saw him less than a month prior and just a few days before had made plans to get ice cream. I had no idea, and I’m not sure anyone else close to him did either. I miss him and think of him almost every day. I hope that campaigns like this can help raise awareness and provide avenues of help for those suffering in silence, and educating the wider community on how to support one another.

Suicide rates nationwide have risen over 30% among almost every age group, gender, ethnicity and financial status. In 2018, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide—more than by car accidents or homicide. And for every death by suicide, about 30 people attempt it.

Please join me in supporting Didi Hirsch’s 21st annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, Sept. 29.

The event is the only one that supports Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center—the first and most comprehensive in the United States and a national resource for healing and hope. Their doors are open to anyone who has been touched to suicide—regardless of their ability to pay. But they need your help to continue providing their lifesaving services.

Please register, donate, sponsor or volunteer for Alive & Running today.
Your support helps:

- SAVE LIVES by training crisis counselors for our 24/7 multilingual Crisis Line, where calls have quadrupled in the last 10 years;

- STRENGTHEN THE SAFETY NET by teaching more students, teachers, parents, firefighters, police officers and mental health professionals to recognize and respond to warning signs;

- PROVIDE HEALING by offering more therapy and support groups to suicide attempt and loss survivors, and special groups for teens bereaved by suicide;

- ADVANCE THE FIELD by partnering with university researchers developing and testing new programs in suicide prevention.

Founded in 1958, Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center has innovated many of the strategies that are used at other centers around the United States—and world. In response to rising demand, Didi Hirsch relocated its Center to a new building in Century City last year. Since we opened the doors, many people have seen the sign and come in for help.

With your support, we can save more lives! Please register, donate or sponsor today!


raised of $500 goal

Recent Donations

1. TPTin Pang
2. DDean Sarrocco
3. KSKatrina Schiller
4. ABAnn Barber
Hope you had a wonderful day Mia. It’s such a worthy cause. Good on you Mia. Lots of love Ann xx
5. RMRyan Murphy
Thank you for doing this Mia.
6. MFMark Franken
Enjoy the run :) Good on you fo supporting the cause.

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