Mental Health Day and Out of the Darkness Walk

October 10th is Mental Health Day so we decided to share about an event our charity American Foundation for Suicide Prevention WV is doing soon in Charleston.

Through out the summer the AFSP has been doing Out of the Darkness Community Walks to unite communities and provide an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about. Plus raise some money too.
Their final walk for this year is October 22nd at Haddad Riverfront Park at 11am. You still have some time to start a team to raise money or just donate to one of the existing team. You can also volunteer to help or just go and support everyone on the day.

And if you need some help, or want to help someone close to you, you can reach out to them.

Charity Auction Items

As part of our effort to raise money for the West Virginia Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention we will be holding a live auction. We have gathered some donated autographed pictures to the cause. Some items might end up in the raffle, but most of these will be in auction.

Here is a selection of items from that will be auctioned off.

988 and MADFEST

We wanted to make sure everyone hears about the new number to call for those who are in a mental health crisis and events with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

Those seeking support during a mental health or emotional crisis may dial 988 to connect to a nationwide support network beginning tomorrow. The transition to a simplified three-digit number is meant to increase access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will operate similar to 911.

The move was facilitated by almost $300M in federal funding to both expand telephone infrastructure and increase call center staff. Via the network, trained counselors at more than 180 centers will be available over phone, text, or chat—users may call on behalf of themselves or others. The current 10-digit number has received more than 20 million calls since it was launched in 2005.

Suicide was one of the three leading causes of death in the US for those between 10 and 24 years of age in 2020 and claimed nearly 46,000 lives that year—almost double the number of homicides.

Mountain Artist Democracy EC has brought back MADFEST on July 30th 2022 at the Nitro Soccer Complex in Nitro from 10am to 10pm. The event is to help raise mental health awareness with sponsorship with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention WV.

They will have live music from bands all day long like Hurl Brickbat, Heavy Hitters, Sever The Wicked, The Switch, Pinky’s Brains, and the headliner 5 Star Rebellion. Guest Speakers Tinia Creamer of Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue and licensed professional counselor Reverend Rance Berry. There will also be art vendors and food trucks. Admission is free and is open

The AFSP WV is also having an online volunteer meeting Sunday if you want to learn about helping out.

Charity: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

DualCon has joined with the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to raise money for their mission.

We will be running a raffle of donated items, and more activities to raise money, at the convention. We will keep you updated on what all we have. The AFSP will be on hand to talk with about their work and be helping us with a panel on mental health and gaming.

From the AFSP:

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

Suicide is a leading cause of death – and it is preventable. With your support, we’ll be one step closer to achieving our bold goal of reducing the suicide rate 20% by 2025. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention leads the fight against suicide.Funds raised from The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention events allow us to fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Your efforts will help to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

#TogetherWeAreStronger

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