Suicide Awareness: Can Lives be Saved?

The statistics for suicide in the United States are alarming. After losing his brother, Jeremy Howie has decided to do something about this epidemic by raising awareness and participating in the “2013 Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk Washington, DC”, organized by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP).

Fort Collins, CO (PRWEB) May 16, 2013

The suicide epidemic is out of control. On June 1, 2013, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be holding the “2013 Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk Washington, DC”, to bring awareness to the issue. Jeremy Howie will participate as the captain of “Team Save A Life”.

Like so many others, Fort Collins, Colorado native, Jeremy Howie and his family have had a very rough and trying year. While most people were ringing in the New Year, celebrating in typical fashion with a cocktail and a traditional good-luck kiss as the ball dropped, the Howie family’s lives were about to change forever.

It was just after midnight on December 31st, 2012, when Jeremy picked up the telephone. On the other end was Jeremy’s father. Celebration quickly turned to shock and despair as Jeremy was told that his younger brother, Justin had just taken his own life.

As disturbing as it is, that scene plays out multiple times each and every day. Suicide is a very real problem and too many times, as in the Howie’s case, there are no warning signs. Jeremy had just spoken to Justin the night before. According to Jeremy, suicide is largely kept in the darkness. Jeremy didn't know the signs... Jeremy didn't know things were that bad and like most, wasn't educated on the subject.

The statistics are alarming.

  • Over 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year
  • There are an estimated 8-25 attempted suicides for every suicide death
  • A person dies by suicide about every 13.7 minutes in the United States
  • Veterans now commit suicide at the rate of 22 a day, or almost one an hour

While the families of suicide victims often suffer debilitating depression for many years, Jeremy Howie has decided to force action so that others may be spared from ever having to receive “that” phone call. Jeremy believes, that with help, something positive can come from tragedy. On June 1st, Jeremy is going to walk 16 to 18 miles through the darkness of night, participating in The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’ s (AFSP), “2013 Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk Washington, DC.”

The AFSP is 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. The Out of the Darkness Overnight is a fundraising walk throughout the night, designed to raise funds and make a bold statement to bring the issue of suicide out into the light.

Jeremy is Captain of “Team Save A Life” and he’s asking for support. Having already raised over $1,700, Jeremy is hoping that your donations can help save someone else's brother, sister, child, parent, or loved one.

Donating and sharing Jeremy’s story could even save the life of a loved one.

Jeremy’s official team donation link to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk is:

Watch and listen to Jeremy tell his story at:

Your gift can help save a life or support survivors and their families.

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