Didi Hirsch to Hold 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 14, 2010

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will hold its 12th annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, September 26. A “Kiddie-K” (1K) will follow the 5K, just north of LAX at West 88th Street and La Tijera Boulevard in Westchester

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.

Sign up to register and create a team, join an existing team, or donate to a friends fundraising campaign. Registration fee for the 5K is $25.00, after September 18th the fee is $30 (a tax deductible donation). A free “Kiddie-K” (1K) will also be held following the start of the 5K. For more information or to sign up, visit www.aliveandrunning.org or call (310) 751 5455.

Schedule: 6:30 a.m. – Registration; 7:45 a.m. – Pre-race stretch and warm-up; 8:00 a.m. – Race starts; and 8:00 a.m. – Performance by Taiko drum group of Centenary United Methodist.

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.

Be sure to visit www.aliveandrunning.org for more information about the walk/run or www.didihirsch.org for more information on Didi Hirsch and its services.

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