Dear Friends and Family,
Every 15 minutes, someone loses their life by Suicide in the United States. In addition, for every suicide, there are approximately 25 suicide attempts. Many individuals -- maybe even your loved one, friend, neighbor, or colleague -- suffer from severe emotional pain in silence. In that moment when a person in crisis needs someone to listen and respond, Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention Center is here to help. In fact, more than 60,000 turned to its 24-hour Crisis Line last year.
You can help save lives by supporting Didi Hirsch's 18th annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention. The event will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at La Tijera Parkway in Los Angeles.
More than 2,000 runners, walkers, spectators, and volunteers from all over Southern California will join together at Alive & Running to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention services. Proceeds from Alive & Running directly benefit the Suicide Prevention Center, a program of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Founded in 1958, the Suicide Prevention Center was the first program in the U.S. to establish a 24-hour suicide prevention Crisis Line. It also provides support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, outreach and training to the community, and a Suicide Response Team that works with The Mayor's Crisis Response team, the coroner's office and local police and fire departments to provide immediate support at the scene of a suicide. Your support may make all the difference to a person contemplating taking their life.
I understand how busy everyone is, and realize that it may not be possible for you to attend. If this is the case, please consider making a donation on our team page!
It will be a lovely event and lots of fun!! All registered runners, (or walkers!), will receive an "Alive & Running" t-shirt, refreshments, entertainment, as well as access to finish line festivities and our Health & Fitness Expo!
Jeremy and I hope you can join us on the 25th.