2021 Overnight Virtual Experience
Please join us for a virtual Tommy Fuss Team Overnight zoom meeting on Saturday, June 26th at 3 pm EST. While we will not be gathering for our pre-walk luncheon and Overnight Walk, we want to “see” one another, renew our commitment to removing the stigmas associated with mental health, reach out to those in need and reduce the number of suicides.
This year I wanted to add content to our get together and we are extremely fortunate to have Matt Nock and Alex Millner join us to discuss preliminary data on suicide coming from the Centers for Disease Control, the rise of suicidal ideation and attempts among young people, and some of the tools they are using to identify those most at risk.
|Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D.|
Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology
Harvard College Professor
Chair, Department of Psychology
Matt is a professor of psychology at Harvard and leads a lab there focused on advancing the understanding, prediction, and prevention of suicide.
|Alexander J. Millner
Director of Mental Health Research at Franciscan Children’s and a Research Associate in the Nock Lab, in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.
Alex leads the Franciscan Children’s Mental Health Research team, whose work is focused on better understanding and treating mental health issues among adolescents, particularly suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Alex also is a member of the Nock lab at Harvard University.
Please wear your red Tommy Fuss Team tee shirt (or something that reminds you of Tommy). We will remember Tommy with our annual Gatorade toast so be prepared with red Gatorade, or a drink of your choice. We also ask you to light a candle on June 26th as a symbol of our luminaria to remember our loved ones and to light our way to bring mental health issues and suicide out of the darkness.
We will remember those we’ve lost to suicide with a poem and a slideshow.
The challenges we faced this year have been unprecedented, but today, as we continue to navigate the pandemic landscape, there is renewed optimism for a better and brighter not-so-distant future.
As we move toward that future, the Tommy Fuss Team is committed to the mission of the AFSP now more than ever to fund research, advocacy, education, community programs and support for those affected by suicide.
The Tommy Fuss Team will again participate in its 15th Out of the Darkness Overnight Virtual Experience on June 26, 2021 and the 6th annual Morris County (Chatham) NJ Community Walk on September 18th.
Please consider joining us to support the important work of the AFSP. No donation is too small to help make a difference. We suggest $17 for the seventeen years Tommy blessed our lives, $24 for Tommy’s favorite television program, or $32 for the anniversary of his birth year. We are forever grateful for your continued support.
Click on anyone’s picture to make a donation to the Out of the Darkness Virtual Overnight or to the Out of the Darkness Community Walk.
2021 Overnight Virtual Experience
Morris County NJ Community Walk
Now more than ever, self-care is so important. We are all struggling to cope, understand and live under difficult constraints which affect our mental and physical health. AFSP has a dedicated page with more information on taking care of your mental health during this time. Please visit the website at: https://afsp.org/covid19.
Together we can change the conversation about mental health and save precious lives.