“Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined, and yet suicide prevention doesn’t get anywhere near the funding given to other leading causes of death. It’s up to Walkers like us to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.” (Copied directly from http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1196&eventGroupID=9AA117B3-F522-BB6D-359D1AA2D75A7958)
Since the death of my boyfriend along with his family and friends I take part in the Out of the Darkness Walk which is next Sunday, October 25th at Battery park (NYC). This walk is very important to me because it is a way to honor my boyfriend’s memory. Participating in this walk I am helping raise awareness, funds and giving hope to those in need. It isn’t at all easy the air is always heavy and I feel the emptiness because despite the time that may pass, do you ever really stop grieving the loss of someone you deeply love? But that is why it is important because most of the participants have also lost a gem in their lives. This walk serves as a support community, it gives participants a chance to meet others going through the same struggle and serve as comfort to one another.
It is also validation to those suffering from mental illness that we are all in this together. We will get funds, we well find solutions because mental illness is just as important as cancer, diabetes or any other illness.
I hope to encourage everyone reading this post to join me in walking for a world free of suicide. Any donations are also welcomed and appreciated. I am walking under team Sammy. Please follow the link below.
These tattoos signify many things to my sister and I but the semicolon is the root of it all.
“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”