When Mercy Hospital Jefferson hosts its fifth annual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference on September 11, the event will also promote a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds to reduce suicide rates.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has Out of the Darkness community walks planned in all 50 states to raise awareness about depression and suicide, and provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide.
When you walk in the AFSP events you join efforts with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives. More than 100 people a day die from suicide including 39,518 Americans in 2011, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the country.
Out of the Darkness Walks are planned in more than 300 communities across the United States including several Mercy communities. Walks are planned September 12, at Lake Hefner Stars and Stripes Park in Oklahoma City, and at Blind Boone Park in Warrensburg, Missouri; on September 13, at Perry Park Center in Perryville, Missouri; on September 20, at Orchards Park in Bentonville, Arkansas; on October 3, at Berkley Riverfront Park in Kansas City, and The Gardens at LaFortune Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and October 4, at Creve Coeur Park Tremayne Pavilion in St. Louis.
For more information on walks throughout the nation visit www.afsp.org.
The annual conference at Mercy Hosptial Jefferson in Crystal City, Missouri, is for members of the community, educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, suicide survivors and anyone whose life has been impacted by suicide. For information visit http://bit.ly/SuicideConfNews, call Erin Poniewaz at 636-933-1635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.