I participated in a charity walk today in Wilmington, Delaware called E-Racing the Blues© for the Mental Health Association of Delaware.
The money raised today will help support a range of mental health programs including the newly formed Delaware Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan and Suicide Coalition.
I had a great time walking along the Wilmington riverfront with my new friends Francesca, her husband Chris and their son Christopher. I was thrilled to be there raising money and awareness.
Taking ACTION to make things happen is empowering.
Benefits of exercise
According to the MHAD, exercise, like walking, has a positive effect on mood and has a real and significant effect on reducing stress and depression and may work as well as medication. I walk every morning with my best friend and my dog. Fresh air, communion with nature and the movement of my body is a key component to my healthy state of mind.
If you are depressed, stressed or freaking out, tie up your sneakers and go outside. Check out a local walking path or head to a park and walk away what ails you. It works wonders!
Raising awareness about suicide is a cause dear to my heart. In a few weeks I will participate in Delaware’s 1st Out of the Darkness walk on November 15, 2008 in an effort to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Research to improve the understanding of biological, genetic and psychosocial factors that contribute to suicide
Suicide prevention on college campuses through the dissemination of an educational film, The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College
National Survivors of Suicide Day conferences, which inform, assist and empower families and friends bereaved by suicide
Development of national centers that will evaluate the effectiveness of suicide prevention treatments
Creation of new survivor support groups and strengthening of existing groups through training
Local suicide prevention programs
A few weeks ago I met a lady named Kelli who lost her dad to suicide. Kelli is passionate about suicide prevention and awareness. We are kindred spirits. She took the initiative to reach out to the AFSP, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and generously offered to organize the first Out of the Darkness walk in Delaware. GREAT JOB KELLI!
Kelli’s strength and determination inspire me. She lost her dad just 10 months ago but she’s pouring everything she’s got into publicizing this walk.
Kelli was recently interviewed by a local radio station and she reported ”here in Delaware alone, the suicide rate is higher than the homicide rate”. These rates mirror the national rates. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the United States alone, approximately 20 million people suffer from serious depression. 90% of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
Together, we can make a difference and saves lives!
Thank you for your support!
Big kisses from me & the fabulous Miss Rosie!