Welcome to Christina Erne's Page
Welcome to my fundraising page for Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention!
I would be nothing during this difficult time without my friends and family to get me through the first months without my father. Without rehashing everything I wrote on the team page, I am just so grateful that we have so many family friends who became our family who went above and beyond, and continue to do so, to make sure my mother and I are okay.
Suicide leaves a lot of unanswered questions in our lives, ones that I will continually be searching for throughout the rest of my life. But at the end of the day, I know my father would want my mother and I to be happy, as he always did, and I know we are headed in the right direction by taking on this walk and suicide awareness ceremony.
Many of us are affected by suicide in some way or another - just a few months ago, another friend and co-worker of mine took his own life. The effect of such a thing radiates through people, and debilitates them for a good period of time. I hope many will choose to join us on the walk or form their own team so others know exactly what this act can do to families and friends in the long term.
Thanks for considering joining us or donating. I hope to see you all there.
Did you know?
In Massachusetts in 2014 (latest data available) --
o 608 people died by suicide
o 11,014 people went to the emergency room or were hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries
o There are 4 times as many suicides as homicides each year and 2 times as many motor vehicle deaths
o The highest suicide rate is among men aged 45 – 64
o Women have a higher rate of suicide attempts
o 54% of people who died by suicide had a documented current mental health problem
Please Donate Now to my fundraising effort and save a life and the terrible toll it takes on families and the community.
Your gift will fund Samaritans confidential, non-judgmental, and compassionate listening.
Each year Samaritans:
· Answers over 75,000 HelpLine calls from people struggling with despair, depression or who just need to talk
· Averages 350 HelpLine text conversations monthly, mostly from young people
· Reaches 21,000 individuals with education on suicide risks and prevention strategies through workshops and awareness events
· Support over 1100 survivors of suicide loss through SafePlace support groups or individual meetings
Please Donate Now to my fundraising efforts and help save a life. Or Join our Team on September 23, 2017 at Artesani Park, 1225 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA
You can help prevent the tragedy of suicide. Thank you so much!
Learn more about Samaritans here: Samaritanshope.org
If you or someone you know needs to talk, call or text 877-879-HOPE (4673)
All proceeds fund Samaritans' life saving services, which are available to individuals and families free of charge in Greater Boston, MetroWest, and throughout the Massachusetts via the HelpLine
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