The Overnight Walk to Fight Suicide in New York – Press Registration Opens

NEW YORK (April 25, 2016) – The Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk is the largest annual fundraising event held by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Thousands of participants from across the country walk more than 16 miles from sunset until sunrise to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention in New York City. Annually, we lose nearly 42 thousand people a year to suicide, which means someone in the country dies by suicide every 12.8 minutes. In New York, someone dies by suicide every five hours. Through this event, AFSP funds research, offers educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports those affected by suicide.

DATE:                      

June 4 – 5, 2016

TIME:                      

7 p.m. – Opening ceremony begins (Saturday)

7:30 p.m. – Walk begins (Saturday)

5 a.m. – Closing ceremony begins (Sunday)

WHERE:                

Pier 86 (near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)

46th Street

New York, NY 10036

ATTENDEES:

Open to the general public with registration, including:

  • People who have lost someone to suicide
  • People who have attempted suicide
  • People who want to prevent suicide
  • Teachers
  • Veterans
  • Students

RSVP:                        

Registration required:  please email [email protected] if you would like to register to attend this event. Requests for media accreditation will be denied if applicants cannot establish they are professional journalists. AFSP will not be responsible for journalists’ travel costs and/or other expenses.

AUDIO/VISUAL:

A mult box will be available on-site for journalists upon request.

 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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For media requests: Alexis O’Brien, AFSP Public Relations Director, 347-826-3577, [email protected]

 

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