If you are unfamiliar with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, get familiar with it.  Now, more than ever, we need your support.  It’s been a rough year for many.  Suicide has touched me personally and it’s a subject I feel passionately about.  Years ago, my friend Greg was suffering with a depression that he just couldn’t shake. He was in and out of treatment facilities and was trying some new medication when I got that call that he had taken his own life.  I was devastated.  I, too, have suffered from depression and it was terrifying for me to see the agony his family experienced and the worry that what If my own thoughts got that dark someday?


When the Portsmouth chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reached out to me, I knew it was meant to be.  I love working with them to promote events and I attended the Out of the Darkness Walk last year and it was profoundly moving.  AFSP funds research, offers educational programs for professionals and the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention, promotes polices and legislation that impact suicide prevention and provides programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk.


This year’s event will look very different due to COVID-19 restrictions but will still go on because HOPE CANNOT BE CANCELLED.  The Portsmouth Out of the Darkness Walk will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Fox Run Mall in Newington, NH.  You can create and join teams and even do a virtual walk and attend upcoming virtual events.  For more information check out the link and/or reach out to ssimpson@afsp.org.




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