In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year (AFSP.org). It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.
The Ohio Psychological Association and Central Ohio Psychological Association will be joining with thousands of people nationwide this fall to walk in the Out of the Darkness Columbus Walk, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and we would appreciate any support that you give for this worthwhile cause.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 36,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.
Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Please consider walking in your local walk, or contributing a small donation to the OPA/COPA team of Mary Lewis, Catherine Malkin and Beth McCreary. Half of the proceeds stay in central Ohio for direct suicide prevention efforts, and the other half goes towards national suicide prevention research.