Welcome to my personal fundraising webpage in support of the Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention on Saturday, September 29th! I am participating in the 5K in memory of my brother Ricardo and to raise funds and awareness for Samaritans, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide in our community.
Recentlky, suicide has been on the spotlight. The tragic deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain combined with the Centers for Disease Control report highlighting a stark climb in suicides highlighted the severity of the problem in the US. Suicide rates increased 25 percent nationally between 1999 and 2016 with guns being the most common method used.
Losing someone to suicide is devastating. The person who died could not cope and those left behind have the hardest time to put things together. A little over twenty-one years ago we lost my brother- Ricardo- to suicide with a gun and our lives were never the same.
Please join our "Ricardo Azocar Team" as a runner or walker. If you are not in the area you can join as a virtual participant as well!!.You can help preventing suicide by clicking the Donate Now button to sponsor my efforts in meeting my fundraising goal, or click Join This Team to create your own page, participate in the run and join me in raising funds and awareness for this organization's amazing cause!
Proceeds fund Samaritans' life saving services, including the 24/7 Helplines, Community Education and Outreach, and Grief Support Services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. These vital services are available locally to the families, friends and neighbors, free of charge. Samaritans answers calls from Greater Boston, MetroWest, the State Wide toll free number, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number is (877)870-HOPE
Did you know...
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US overall, the 3rd leading cause of death for people ages 15-24, and the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 25 - 24
- On aver, there is one completed suicide every 12 minutes in the US
- There are 4 times as many suicides as homicides per year in Massachusetts
- Suicide rates increase by 4% each year in Massachusetts
- All of Samaritans' services are free to the community
- Samaritans' efforts to provide mental health support and reduce suicide are multi-faceted and focus on prevention, intervention and providing support following a suicide loss
- Samaritans now offers crisis services to thousands of those in need of a listening ear via phone, text message and online chat, conducts hundres of suicide prevention workshops and community outreach seminars per year, and provides a variety of support services to those bereaved by suicide
Thank you so much for your support, you are helping to save lives!
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