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Walk to beat depression and suicide

Beat Depression and Suicide

I participated in a charity walk today in Wilmington, Delaware called E-Racing the Blues© for the Mental Health Association of Delaware.

The money raised today will help support a range of mental health programs including the newly formed Delaware Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan and Suicide Coalition.

I had a great time walking along the Wilmington riverfront with my new friends Francesca, her husband Chris and their son Christopher. I was thrilled to be there raising money and awareness.

Taking ACTION to make things happen is empowering.

Benefits of exercise

According to the MHAD, exercise, like walking, has a positive effect on mood and has a real and significant effect on reducing stress and depression and may work as well as medication. I walk every morning with my best friend and my dog. Fresh air, communion with nature and the movement of my body is a key component to my healthy state of mind.

If you are depressed, stressed or freaking out, tie up your sneakers and go outside.  Check out a local walking path or head to a park and walk away what ails you. It works wonders!

SUPPORT ME, SPONSOR ME, please!

Raising awareness about suicide is a cause dear to my heart. In a few weeks I will participate in Delaware’s 1st Out of the Darkness walk on November 15, 2008 in an effort to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

 

Please walk with me or make a financial contribution to my fundraising page. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness.

The AFSP benefits from your donation in the following ways:

Research to improve the understanding of biological, genetic and psychosocial factors that contribute to suicide

Suicide prevention on college campuses through the dissemination of an educational film, The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College

National Survivors of Suicide Day conferences, which inform, assist and empower families and friends bereaved by suicide

Development of national centers that will evaluate the effectiveness of suicide prevention treatments

Creation of new survivor support groups and strengthening of existing groups through training

Local suicide prevention programs

Get inspired

A few weeks ago I met a lady named Kelli who lost her dad to suicide. Kelli is passionate about suicide prevention and awareness. We are kindred spirits. She took the initiative to reach out to the AFSP, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and generously offered to organize the first Out of the Darkness walk in Delaware. GREAT JOB KELLI!

Kelli’s strength and determination inspire me. She lost her dad just 10 months ago but she’s pouring everything she’s got into publicizing this walk.

Kelli was recently interviewed by a local radio station and she reported “here in Delaware alone, the suicide rate is higher than the homicide rate”. These rates mirror the national rates. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the United States alone, approximately 20 million people suffer from serious depression. 90% of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

Together, we can make a difference and saves lives!

Thank you for your support!

Big kisses from me & the fabulous Miss Rosie!

Comments

  1. Walking sounds lovely and today was a good day for it.

    I am working on a presentation with the United Way next month on suicide and I have to keep telling myself to walk not to get depressed on it.

    Take care C- you are an inspiration.

    susans last blog post..Samhain (re-post)

  2. Thank you to everyone who made a financial contribution to my fundraising page for the AFSP’s Out of the Darkness walk next month.

    The generosity from my circle of friends, business associates, family and even a few anonymous strangers warms my heart.

    Thank you Kate, Michelle, Kathy, Mary, Clark, Mara, Ellen, Charlie, Julia and the two anonymous donors for helping me climb a bit closer to my fundraising goal!

    *clap, clap, clap, clap*

    If you have not made a contribution yet but would like to, please see the blue icon at the top right portion of this page screen called “Out of the Darkness” and make your tax deductible donation.

    I also want to thank a long list of people for helping me spread the word about this walk and for offering support the day of the walk.

    • Thank you Contact Lifeline for agreeing to set up an information table the day of our walk and for signing up to walk with us.
      http://www.contactlifeline.org/
    • Thank you Roland Roth at Beth Shalom for helping spread the word at your synagogue.
      http://www.bethshalomwilmington.org
    • Thank you Father Patrick Kifolo at Salesianum School for hanging up flyers at Sallies.
    • Thank you to Brian at Presto for displaying flyers in the coffee shop and for making a special sign. http://www.prestogourmet.com/
    • Thank you to Janice at Presto for hanging up a poster at your school.
    • Thank you to Francesca Powell at CMP Designs for hanging an event poster your Wilmington hair salon and for signing up to walk.
    • Thank you to Bud Freel for allowing me to share this event information at the last Clean Wilmington meeting.
    • Thank you to the UD students I met at the E-Racing the Blues walk for agreeing to pass the word about the Out of the Darkness walk on UD’s campus.
    • Thank you to Johnny Gillespie at Empowered Yoga for placing event flyers in the studio and for connecting me with Wayne Kursch. http://www.empoweredyoga.com/
    • Thank you to Wayne Kursch at Races2Run for adding our event to your web site and for your suggestions. http://www.races2run.com/
    • Thank you to Victoria Kim at MHAD for your suggestions about spreading the word about the walk. http://www.mhainde.org/
    • Thank you to Leigh for spreading the word at Tower Hill school and for signing up to walk.
    • Thank you to Kristin at Supporting Kidds for placing flyers in your waiting room. http://www.supportingkidds.org/
    • Thank you to Christine Serio at Wilmington Renaissance Corp for adding this event to the Downtown Wilmington event calendar. http://www.downtownwilmington.com/
    • Thank you Mike Porro for allowing me to address my fellow board members at the Friends of Wilmington Parks about this walk and for adding a flyer to the kiosk in our park.
      http://www.brandywinepark.org/
    • Thank you to Mary Snowdon for your suggestions and for hanging flyers.
    • Thank you to Dr. Barbara for your guidance, your suggestions and support

    You guys FUEL me to keep Giggling On!

    If you haven’t signed up to walk yet and would like to join me on November 15th, please contact me at christa at giggle on dot com or follow this link:

    http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.eventDetails&eventID=700&destination=E

    THANK YOU!

    God bless and Giggle On!

  3. I am very proud of all you’ve done to spread the word about Depression, Suicide, and related topics. The website and walk will be steps towards healing. You go, girl!

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