Viewpoint: Please join the fight to prevent suicide
BY AMY FUHRMAN
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country. It touches millions of lives – people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. But the research is clear: suicide is preventable, and the more people who join the fight for suicide prevention and mental health awareness, the more lives we can save.
Everyone has been touched in some way by suicide or mental health conditions like depression. On Saturday, Oct. 13, at Statesville High School, we are holding the Out of the Darkness Community Walk to shine a light on this important issue, and invite everyone in the community to participate.
I will be walking in memory of my brother, David Landry, who died by suicide in January of 2016. Space is too short here to truly describe the incredible man he was – intelligent, loving, athletic, sarcastic, hilarious and kind are just a few words that come to mind. He is loved and missed by so many each and every day. I will be walking in his memory, and in the hope that no other family has to experience such a devastating loss.
Funds raised by the walk will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025 through research, education, advocacy, and support. These walks are truly uplifting experiences, and they grow every year. I hope you will join us on Oct. 13. To register, visit www.afsp.org/centralpiedmont
Amy Fuhrman is an editor at Statesville Free News.