The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors an Atlanta Out of Darkness walk in November.
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Foundation takes aim at suicide prevention

History: Every six hours on average, someone in Georgia commits suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention began a Georgia chapter in 2003 to empower and educate communities on suicide risks and warning signs. The chapter also reaches out to families touched by suicide.

Did you know: The Georgia chapter teaches mental health awareness and suicide prevention at schools, colleges, churches and communities throughout the state. The chapter hosts seven community walks and other events to save lives and raise funds. Its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Atlanta Out of Darkness Walk, is in November.

Its motto: “The AFSP Georgia chapter mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.”

How you can help: September is National Suicide Prevention Month and a great time to lend a hand at an event, or give a gift to support the chapter’s mission. Share the Georgia crisis number 1-800-715-4225 with anyone who needs mental health or drug abuse support.

To learn more: afsp.org/georgia or 404-275-3316.

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