Photos: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk – Philadelphia PLUS Masquerade Ball Info
I wish there was an organization like American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to reach out to for help when I was so desperate,
when my mental health was compromised, when I didn’t see a brighter
I already told you that I once did not see a bright future, after years
of being bullied [insert here everything others thought was a failure of
my person], I tried to kill myself in my early 20′, once ending up in
the hospital getting my stomach pumped. (The other time involved a gun
that didn’t go off.) (I also killed myself off a million times in my mind) I’m glad I’m here, it was a short road to a better life. A few hours from the darkness, there really is light.
Seeing all these families, friends walking in the name of someone they loved, really brought tears to my eyes.
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.
Fund scientific research
Offer educational programs for professionals
Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people
at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in middle and high school and the second cause of death in college students. Minding Your Mind does free community outreach to students to discuss mental health, mental illness, depression and to remove the stigma so the students can address these issues.
(I have to say when I tried to kill myself my family was not there. They had had enough of me and my reckless life ie drugs, drinking, homelessness, (all to mask my pain of being gay, the bullying, the desperation to be accepted, lack of direction, or motivation.) Had I known there was an organization like this, I would have definitely had reached out to them. I was so desperate for someone to save me. I don’t blame my parents and certainly not my siblings who were all too young to know. Within months of trying to kill myself the 2nd time, I got sober and saved myself.)
Pat Gainey, Philadelphia Regional Director
3535 Market Street, Suite 4047
Philadelphia, PA 19104
fax: (215) 746-7307
Suicide is the fatal consequence of mental illness and can be prevented
with proper treatment. Mental illness is a disease like any other,
cancer, MS, the flu and needs to be regarded as such in order for people
to find the help they need without fear of stigma. The stigma
associated with treatment can and does kill because people will not
allow treatment to occur or reach out to search for it.