Thursday, September 13, 2012
An annual walk aimed at saving lives and offering hope.
Hundreds of survivors — those who are living after the death of a loved one by suicide — gathered at George Mason University on Saturday for the sixth annual American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Fairfax NOVA Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Steve Iselin, chairman of the board of the group's National Capital Area Chapter, said the local walk is one of 275 in communities across the country. "It used to be when someone was diagnosed with cancer, no one would talk about it," said Iselin. "Then it was HIV/AIDS. Now suicide is the health issue people are afraid to talk about," he said. The shame associated with suicide prevents responsible discussion and sharing of resources that can save lives, bring compassionate help to those…
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosted its 6th annual Fairfax NOVA Out of the Darkness Community Walk.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Susan Larson
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The local Out of the Darkness Walk is one of 275 in communities across the country. The September 2012 event featured: Stories related to this photo gallery include: If you are in crisis, call CrisisLink at 1-800-273-TALK.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.
Suicide is a national health problem, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). AFSP reports suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States; the second leading cause of death among college age adults. The week of September 9 - 15 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The AFSP suggests three ways to become part of the national movement to prevent suicide. If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK to speak to someone immediately through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or see the list of local resources below. Be informed. Learn about suicide risk factors, warning signs and how to help someone who is in crisis. This information can help save lives. Raise awareness. Share this information…
Friday, September 7, 2012
Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
Patch has found a wide variety of events for you to choose from as you make your weekend plans. MPAT presents “13 the Musical” United States Air Force Band “Singing Sergeants” Fairfax NOVA Out of the Darkness Community Walk Wakefield Skate Park Expansion Grand Opening Nalls Produce Nice Neighbor Block Party Dog Days at NVRPA Waterparks Crab Feast King Street Art Festival Burke Centre Festival 39th Annual Slavic American Festival Melissa Cox Concert Library Events: Nature Highlights:
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Information and resources to help the community cope with and heal from Tuesday's tragic event.
Police responded to a shooting at Burke Target on Tuesday, and discovered a 56-year-old Burke woman had taken her own life. “Yesterday’s completed suicide raised a number of important issues in our society,” said Steve Iselin, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) National Capital Area Chapter volunteer board chairman. The Burke resident said he is not a mental health care professional, but a trained volunteer with the foundation. Iselin said there is a stigma attached to suicide that increases the difficulty of sharing information that can save lives and help the survivors—those left behind after a suicide. According to the foundation: "When a person is in that [suicidal] state of mind they are in great pain, and their only …