Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Our community knows as well as any that suicide takes an enormous toll

on families, friends, co-workers, schools and the fabric of our society.

We can't afford to stand by and watch this preventable public health

issue take more young lives in our community. It's time to take action.

My younger brother lost his life to suicide at the age of 24. After his

death, I realized that unfortunately, I am far from alone; many others

in our local community have also lost someone they loved to suicide. I

began volunteering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

to raise awareness about mental health problems and suicide prevention.

I am writing to inform your readership that during the month of

September, the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter will conduct three

Out of the Darkness Community Walks in the DC Metro area to raise vital

funds for prevention research and education and just as important, raise

awareness about suicide.

To learn more or register for the NOVA, Washington, or Manassas Out of

the Darkness Walks, visit http://www.afsp.org/ncac.

Allison Sutherland