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Community to participate in suicide prevention walk

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According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a suicide happens every other day in Hawaii. Stan Jacobs works with a group called "Out of the Darkness," an awareness group hosting a walk this Saturday. September 17, 2016. Jacobs appeared on Sunrise to talk about the event and why it's so important. Here's some of the information he offered:

Many people in our community have been touched by suicide. In Hawai'i, suicide is the single leading cause of injury death. One person dies by suicide every other day, and one person is hospitalized every day after attempting to take his or her own life. The impact suicide has on the lives of family members, friends, co-workers and the community is devastating. Fortunately, there is hope. We can all stop suicide—before it happens—by working together.

The purpose of the Walk is to raise awareness about depression and suicide, and provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's local and national programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20% by 2025.
Who:    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Hawai'i Chapter
What:   The 4th Annual Oahu Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Where:  Ala Moana Beach Park at Magic Island
When:   
•    8 a.m. - Check-in/Registration 
•    9 a.m. - Walk Begins with Opening Ceremonies 
•    11 a.m. - Walk Presentations and Acknowledgements Program 
•    9 – 1:30 p.m. - Entertainment, refreshments, a resource fair, a Hope, Help and Healing Festival, and activities such as face painting, balloon artistry, henna tattooing, Lauhala weaving, and more. Entertainers include: Moki Kamealoha, Iolani Cares, Augie Rey and others.

This fall, more than one hundred thousand people from across the country will participate in one of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Community Walks, including one here on Oahu on September 17 at Ala Moana Beach Park. These fundraising walks help the Foundation fund suicide prevention and awareness initiatives, research, and support programs for survivors of suicide loss and those affected by mental illness. 

What is very pertinent this year is the passing of the State of Hawaii's House Continuing Resolution (HCR 66) that requests the prevent suicide Hawaii Task Force to recommend a strategic plan to reduce suicides in Hawaii by at least 25% by 2025.  AFSP has a three designated positions on this task force, and we are excited to work together towards reaching this goal.

For more information , go to afsp.org/hawaii

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