Why I walk

Suicide is more common than you think, with more than 38,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and one million worldwide. Suicide is also more preventable than you know. Our Washington chapter is hard at work educating people across the state in safeTALK, the effort of moving beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide and identifying someone who needs help.

I walk to bring suicide prevention and awareness out of the darkness in memory of my brother, Evan.

Our team of Evan’s family and friends has participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Olympia for the past three years. We call ourselves “team MAMTEB,” in honor of a top secret acronym Evan created with his friends – the meaning of which I have since learned but will never share because, trust me, it’s more exciting as a secret  than when you learn what it really stands for.

My family and I are always amazed at the enormous outpouring of support we receive from family and friends rallying around us. One life saved matters. By walking together hopefully we can prevent someone out there from suffering in silence and succumbing to the depression that ending my brother’s young life.

We will be joining with thousands of people nationwide to walk in the Olympia Out of the Darkness Walk, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and we would appreciate any support that you give for this important cause.

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