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Overnight Walk to Stop Suicide: June 4, New York City

26 Jan 2022 — 2 min read

By AFSP

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Register Today: The Overnight Walk to be held in New York City supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NEW YORK (January 26, 2022) – Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. To help stem this tragic loss of life, the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is proud to announce that its flagship event, the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk will be held in New York City on June 4-5, 2022. This is the 27th Overnight Walk, including two virtual events, held since the event’s inception in 2002.

The Overnight Walk is the largest annual fundraising event held by AFSP. Participants from across the country walk more than 16 miles beginning at sunset, and through the night, to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Funds raised from the Overnight Walk support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP funds much-needed research, creates evidence-informed programs, advocates for public policy, and supports those affected by suicide.

“In celebration of our 27th Overnight Walk, we will be hosting the event this year in the city in which we were founded 35 years ago. Join us in New York for an unforgettable night that will advance the life-saving work of our organization,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia.

Each Walker raises a minimum of $1,000 to participate in the Overnight Walk, students and military families raise at least $700. In hopes that The Overnight can become more far-reaching, we are introducing a new virtual option to join us this year, with a fundraising minimum of $500. Since its inception in 2002, nearly 35,000 people have participated in an Overnight Walk, over 7,000 people have volunteered, and over $50 million has been raised to support the cause. The first Overnight Walk was held in Washington, D.C. This is the fifth time that The Overnight will be in New York City.

To register for The Overnight go to TheOvernight.org/Register.

Media who would like to register can do so by emailing [email protected].

Suicide in New York

On average, one person dies by suicide every five hours in the state of New York. It is the 12th leading cause of death in the state. Almost six times as many people died by suicide in New York in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.

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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, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. This year, AFSP recognizes 35 years of service to the cause. 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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