On September 21, MBI friends and co-workers laced up their walking shoes and joined together to walk for suicide prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., with approximately 123 Americans dying by suicide every day. It is estimated that over a quarter of a million people become suicide survivors each year; with 1 death for every estimated 25 suicide attempts and in the elderly, that number changes to 1 in 4.
Each year, community Out of the Darkness Walks are held in hundreds of cities across the country, giving people the courage to open up about their own struggle or loss, and the platform to change our culture’s approach to mental health. To date, over a quarter of a million people from hundreds of cities across all 50 states have walked to raise awareness and funds that will save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. This year, the walk held at the West River Ice Center in Dickinson, ND brought out 197 participants and 25 teams and raised $19,690. One MBI employee noted, “this was the first year for all of us to take part and it was really good. A good walk, with good friends, for a good cause. We will definitely do this again.”
If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.