The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Recognizes TWO
Colorado Chapter Walks as top 2016 Walks during
12th Annual Chapter Leadership Conference
Denver, CO (February 2, 2017) – Suicide remains one of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. In 2015, an estimated 44,000 people in the U.S. lost their lives by suicide, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recently recognized two Colorado Chapter Out of the Darkness (OOTD) Walks as top overall OOTD Walks in the country. The Denver Metro Out of the Darkness Community Walk, held at Coors Field, and the Gunnison Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, held at Gunnison High School, each placed 8th overall in the entire nation in their categories for their exemplary service in helping to fight suicide in Colorado.
“We congratulate and commend our dedicated volunteers for their exemplary service to the AFSP mission,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “It’s through the help of our nationwide network of chapters and volunteers, that AFSP reaches into local communities with information and resources to educate the public about mental health and suicide prevention, and to support those affected by the cause.”
More than 350 volunteers from the 85 community-based AFSP chapters, representing the 50 states, attended the annual Chapter Leadership Conference in Irvine, California to learn how to bring to their communities a greater understanding and awareness of suicide prevention. The conference featured new public education programs introduced by AFSP; policy updates from the AFSP Washington, D.C., office; speakers such as actress, author, and suicide loss survivor Mariette Hartley; and information sessions addressing research on safety planning; new suicide prevention screenings for workplaces, and how to best support those who currently live with thoughts of suicide.
An awards dinner held Saturday evening during the conference recognized outstanding work done over the past year by AFSP chapters. “We are thrilled to receive the award for the 8th top AFSP campus walk in the entire country from our national organization,” said Chris Peterson, chair of the 2016 Gunnison Out of the Darkness Campus Walk and Gunnison local. “Receiving this award would not have been possible without the passion and hard work of our volunteers, sponsor and many supporters in Gunnison. “
This year the Gunnison Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will be held Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Gunnison High School. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2h2pqgG
The Denver Metro Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be held at Coors Field this year in September. Date and information to come.
AFSP celebrated its 30th anniversary during the conference as well. For more information, visit the organization’s timeline at www.afsp.org/30years.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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