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SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Thousands Walk for the Out of the DarknessSM Walk with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
PHILADELPHIA, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk (Overnight, theovernight.org) is a 17-mile fundraising walk designed to raise awareness for the critical need to reduce the annual rate of suicide by 20 percent by year 2025 – saving 7,600 lives each year. Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP, afsp.org), the Overnight raises funds to provide further scientific research, education programs and advocacy initiatives for mental illnesses and suicide.
WHO: The Overnight supports over a thousand Philadelphia-area walkers and volunteers who may have been impacted by suicide and mental disorders.
WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art (Opening and Closing Ceremony) located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA, 19130.
WHEN: Saturday, June 28 – Sunday, June 29
WHY: More than 81 cents of every dollar AFSP receives is used to fund scientific research, education and prevention programs, and awareness and advocacy initiatives. This will be the first Overnight event hosted in Philadelphia. See the Greater Philadelphia Chapter for additional details on how to get involved locally. The Chapter hosts the second largest Out of the Darkness Community Walk in the country, with a little over 300 community walks held nationwide annually.
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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies: Funds scientific research; Offers educational programs for professionals; Educates the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention; Promotes policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention; Provides programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involves them in the work of the Foundation. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has 65 local chapters with events nationwide. Review the Annual Report to learn more about AFSP's life-saving work. Join the national conversation on suicide and follow AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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