My goal last October was to write at least one blog entry per week for a full year. Back then I could not have foreseen how complicated and busy getting back to school would be in 2020. I have not kept my goal, but one has to prioritize sometimes, and blogging was definitely a thing I could take off my very full plate.
But I wanted to come here today and speak to my followers, though they are few. 🙂
If you and I are friends, you know that every year for approximately the last ten years I have joined hundreds of people in Indianapolis and thousands of people across the country in the Out of the Darkness Walk to raise money and awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
This is a cause very close to my heart as I have struggled with my own mental health and lost several former students in their fight with mental health. I’ve written about it once on this blog when I learned of a former student’s death while traveling in Ireland.
This year the Indianapolis walk was canceled due to crowd concerns and the corona virus. However, I still intend to walk on September 12th in some capacity and raise money for the AFSP, and I would appreciate your help. My goal is the same as it has been for the last several years, but it will be more difficult to raise the money. For one, there is no Indy Walk this year. Secondly, last weekend amid stress and frustration I purged my Facebook of acquaintances- and only left those that I actually interact with on a regular basis. The problem with that is that Facebook has been the place where I usually get the most fundraising done for the walk, because even people I only kinda know are willing to donate to a good cause. I’m hoping that the blogging community will help me out.
But really, the money raising isn’t for me. Yes, it will give me joy to achieve my goal — but the real winner here is suicide prevention. The AFSP has raised money over the years to help fund training, staff suicide prevention lines, fund a new initiative that allows people to text with a trained individual if calling is impossible or uncomfortable, organize survivor therapy, and so much more.
I would hate for these things to suffer because we cannot walk as a large group in person. Please consider donating to the AFSP either through my fundraiser – HERE – or by going to their website and starting your own fundraiser!
Unfortunately many of us have reasons to want to support this cause – these are my reasons: