James Madison University

Join Us For the Chi Sigma Iota AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk

April 30, 2011

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), over 34,000 people lose their lives to suicide in the United States each year. A 2004 survey conducted by Jacobson et al. found that 33% of mental health workers will experience the suicide of a client during their career. These are grave statistics regarding an issue that affects all of us professionally, and for some of us personally. That is why Chi Sigma Iota is hosting an AFSP Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Campus Walk on Saturday April 30, 2011.

There are several ways you can help with this event:

  1. Come walk with us in support of survivors in our community. There are no
    registration fees and you do not need to raise funds to join us for this walk. Simply register on our AFSP webpage. A link to this page is provided below. 
  2. Donate to our team. 50% of the proceeds will go towards creating suicide prevention programs here on the JMU campus.
  3. Volunteer: We will need volunteers to help with setting up tables, registration, hanging flyers, contacting businesses in our area etc. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know.
  4. We are looking for volunteers from the mental health community to help those who may need additional support along the way. We are also looking for agencies to man tables at the registration sight where they can distribute information about the services they offer. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. We will have a memorial wall at this event. More information about this will be provided to walkers during the weeks before the event. If you have a story, please consider sharing it with us.
  6. SPREAD THE WORD - The greatest gift you can give to those who are struggling is your presence. Please let family and friends know about this event so we can all show our support.

If you would like to join or donate our team here’s the link to our team page.

While this is considered a campus walk, we see this as a community event. We invite you to join us, even if you are not a part of the James Madison University community. This is a very important cause, and a chance for all of us to show our solidarity in supporting survivors and those struggling with suicidal feelings as we help increase public awareness of the signs of suicide. If you have any questions, Lisa Ellison at ellis2la@dukes.jmu.edu, or Ashley Smith at smith7am@gmail. com.