Letter to the editor: Walk sheds light on suicide issues

On Oct. 20, 2018, I will be walking as part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walks in Rutland to draw attention to the importance of suicide prevention. And I won’t be walking alone; I will be joined by many who share my dedication. Last year, over 550 Out of the Darkness Walks took place in communities and campuses across the United States, attended by a quarter of a million dedicated people who share my passion. Our movement is growing.
Like many, I walk because suicide has affected me personally.  In 2006, I lost my mother to suicide. She was a mother, a sister, a grandmother, a friend.
Since then I have dedicated my time to educating others about suicide prevention and mental health. Our goal is to spread awareness of what is currently the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., and let others know they are not alone. Help us ensure that mental health is looked upon in equal importance to physical health and continue to bring hope to those affected by suicide. Join me.
Charity Eastman
AFSP Volunteer

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