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Greg Franklin

Greg Franklin

One night in March of 2014 my brother-in-law Mark didn't come home from work. No one could reach him on his phone, no one knew where he was. We called everyone we could think of, police, sheriffs, hospitals with no luck. At 2:00 in the morning my wife got a call saying they had found him, he was gone. The unimaginable had happened, he took his own life.

Mark was the guy everyone wanted to be, liked by everyone who met him. He was always laughing and bringing smiles to the faces of all that knew him. He was an athlete who loved skiing, playing soccer and excelled in every sport he tried. He loved the outdoors, hiking and camping with his family. He had a good job and was active in his community. By all accounts, he seemed to have it all.

No one knew that on the inside he was a completely different person. He was suffering from depression to a level none of us really understood. Everyday was a struggle for him to get through. In the end, it just became too much for him to bear.

His suicide was a shock to all of us. In the three years since his passing my wife has become involved with the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Institute in an effort to bring a voice to Suicide Prevention. Together we hope to get people talking about suicide and suicide prevention, to help others know there is hope and people they can talk to and get the help they need.

Every 13 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the United States and another 25 people attempt it. Many individuals suffer in silence. But when a person in crisis needs someone to listen and respond, Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention Center is here to help. In fact, nearly 87,000 children, teens and adults turned to our 24/7 English-Spanish Crisis Line last year.

Please support Didi Hirsch's 19th annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention. The event will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at La Tijera Parkway in Los Angeles.

More than 2,300 runners, walkers and volunteers from all over Southern California will come together to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention services. Proceeds pay the salaries of Crisis Chat counselors, cover the costs of our trainings, send staffers to the scene of a suicide and fund follow-up programs for high-risk callers and people recently hospitalized for an attempt.

With your help, we are saving lives!



raised of $500 goal

Recent Donations

1. KFKatrina Franklin
2. JBJonathan Blackford
Great cause, good luck with the run!!
3. ?Anonymous
Good for you for playing it forward and giving back. Best regards, jeff
4. BDBrian Dunn
5. LLuka Modric
6. RWRobert Ware
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