Chatham “Out of the Darkness Walk” Raises $65,000 for Suicide Prevention
CHATHAM, NJ – The overcast skies couldn’t stop the bright light of awareness that shone through on Saturday when the first “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk was held behind Chatham High School.
People came from as far away as Virginia to raise more than $65,000 and remember lost friends and relatives who are no longer here because of suicide, an issue participants say needs to be brought to light.
The goal stated by Meredith Henning of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is to reduce suicides by at least 20 percent by the year 2025.
On Sunday, September 18, 2016 the PBS NewsHour ran a segment, Can technology help predict who will attempt suicide? featuring suicide researcher Dr. Matthew Nock of Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Dr. Daniel Dickstein of Bradley Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island and RoseMary Fuss.
“Suicide is now the nation’s tenth-leading cause of death, and the second-leading cause of death for Americans aged 15-34 years old. Top suicide researchers are developing new technological tools to help predict who is most at risk and save lives. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Alison Stewart reports.”
For a partial transcript please go here.
We are Tommy’s family and friends – many of us were blessed with 17 years of his love and friendship, others have come to know Tommy through his legacy of friendship and our recognition of the urgency and importance of taking mental illness seriously. We are working together
- To raise awareness
- To remove the stigmas
- To further the understanding of these diseases
- To prevent the tragic loss of lives cut short by suicide
We work together – with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, colleagues and others in our community to encourage individuals to seek help for themselves or those they love and to keep our young people safe.
Check out our News page here! On this page we’ll be posting links to articles and information that will help our visitors gain a fuller perspective on the issues most important to us.
Finding Purpose in the Overnight Walk
This year the Tommy Fuss Team celebrates a decade of walking, fundraising and outreach. RoseMary Fuss has written a beautiful piece for the AFSP site that we want to share with everyone who visits here. “Finding Purpose in the Overnight Walk.”
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