Welcome to Joy's Page!
Welcome to my personal fundraising webpage in support of the Samaritans 5K on September 29! I am part of a great team - Run Away From Pluto! It's the sixth time I am running as captain of this fabulous team.
I am participating in the 5K to raise funds and awareness for Samaritans, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide in Greater Boston and Metrowest. Rather than have people suffer alone or feel hopeless and worthless, the Samaritans are able to help.
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US overall. For people ages 15-24 and 25-34, intentional self-harm is the SECOND leading cause of death. (CDC, National Vital Statistics Report (2013) “Deaths: Final Data for 2011”). There are 2.7 times as many suicides than homicides per year in Massachusetts (Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health (2013) “Suicides and Self-Inflicted Injuries in Massachusetts: Data Summary”).
Samaritans’ efforts to provide mental health support and reduce suicide are multi-faceted and focus on prevention, intervention and providing support following a suicide loss. The Samaritans now offers befriending services to thousands of those in need of a listening ear via phone, text message and on-line chat, conducts hundreds of suicide prevention workshops and community outreaches per year and provides a variety of support to those bereaved by suicide. All of Samaritans' services are free to the community and they rely on their fundraising efforts to maintain their programming efforts.
Click the Donate Now button to sponsor my efforts in meeting my fundraising goal, or click Join This Team to create your own page and join me in raising funds and awareness for this organization's amazing cause!
Thank you so much for your support! You are helping to save lives!
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