Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will hold its 12th annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, September, 26. A free “Kiddie-K” (1K) will follow the 5K. More than 1,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers from all over Southern California will join together at Alive & Running to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention services. For more information or to sign up, visit www.aliveandrunning.org or call (310) 751 5455.
Every single day, 90 Americans take their own lives. That translates to 3 from Los Angeles County every day. Do the math, and one American dies by suicide every 16 minutes. Sadly, 90 percent of these individuals have a diagnosable mental illness, although half of them have never even seen a mental health care professional.
Indeed, the numbers are shocking, but there is certainly more than a glimmer of hope thanks to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Suicide Prevention Center, which has helped more than half a million people in emotional distress.
Proceeds of this year’s Alive & Running will directly benefit Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center. Founded in 1958, the Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) was the first program in the U.S. to establish a 24-hour suicide prevention Crisis Line.
SPC also provides support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, outreach and training to the community, and a Suicide Response Team that works with the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team, the coroner’s office and local police and fire departments to provide immediate support at the scene of a suicide.