GoodTherapy participates in AFS 2018 Out of the Darkness Walk


GoodTherapy Group at the American Suicide Prevention Foundation outside the Dark Community Walk

With the observance of the Swedish National Prevention Month, members of the GoodTherapy team participated in the 2018 Out of the Darkness Community Walk for the fifth consecutive year on Saturday 15th September.

The walk takes place annually at Heritage Park in Olympia, WA, and follows a 1.5 mile trail around the Capitol Lake. This year, 730 participants participated and raised over $ 50,000 in resources for suicide prevention programs and support for loved ones who have died of suicide. The GoodTherapy team met with our $ 500 raising target. If you want to give AFSP through GoodTherapy, it's not too late! Fund raising will be open until the end of this year, so if you want to donate, visit the Out of the Darkness page to do it.

Out of the Darkness Community Walks take place every year in hundreds of cities around the United States. In the state of Washington, suicide is the second cause of death for people aged 15-34 and the eighth leading cause of death overall and the rate of state suicide is slightly higher than the national average. These events may have contributed to a sense of urgency for many who participated in the annual walk of many residents of Olympia and Washington.

In the US, 123 people die every day from suicide, and the suicide rate increased from 11.6 per 100,000 in 2008 to 13.4 in 2016. Since 1987, AFSP has been working to reduce the suicide rate by 20% to in 2025. Their mission is to raise awareness of suicide and prevent suicide as well as fund scientific research to prevent suicide and ensure that resources are made available to those who need it most.

GoodTherapy seeks to educate the public about mental health therapy, rehabilitation and treatment and reduce stigma for those seeking help. In the ongoing fight against suicide, our team is also working to support therapists who can help people with mental health problems, suicidal thoughts or lose a loved one. Learn more about why language is important when talking about suicide or how to continue raising awareness about suicide prevention throughout the year.

It is crucial for those who think of suicide to seek our help immediately. There are many useful resources for people who have desperate or suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know needs help immediately, call the National Suicide Prevention Service at Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY), see the judgment page for additional resources or find an authorized and sympathetic therapist here.

Bibliographical references:

  1. Olympia walks. (2018). Retrieved from https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=5530
  2. State Information Card. (2018). Retrieved from https://afsp.org/about-suicide/state-fact-sheets/#Washington
  3. Suicidal statistics. (2018). Retrieved from https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics




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