We invite you to the 'Fight Suicide' walkathon, which will be held Saturday, August 21st at Lake Fairfax Park, organized by the Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington. We have partnered with the Fairfax Health Department and local media to bring this event and raise awareness of suicide, suicide prevention methods, and take a step in supporting those that surround us.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers, as suicide rates exponentially rise across Virginia. According to the research of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, one person dies every 7 hours here in Virginia.
And yet, most Americans remain unaware that suicide is a national health crisis. The loss of human potential is enormous, and the impact suicide brings to family members, friends, and our community is devastating. Severe mental health cases frequently go unnoticed and untreated as a result of stigma and prejudice.
We must offer a hand to those who cannot ask for help, or seek treatment. We must take action to strengthen our community, to support those around us.
So often, low-income families and single-parent households are unable to afford or attain the necessary counseling treatment. Funds raised from this campaign will primarily be used as financial support for those in need of counseling and psychiatric services.
We ask you to donate to help make mental health care more accessible to our community members, bring awareness of suicide and suicide prevention measures, and ultimately help save lives.
The funds will partially go towards preparing for the Walkathon event and supplying water, direction banners and markers, T-shirts, and activity booths hosted in the event, such as color and play therapy tables for younger participants.
Please join us at the Fight Suicide Walkathon in August, and walk the beautiful path together in our efforts to support the mental health of our community.
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- Julia Sohn
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- Kim Sohn
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