Jefferson Township CONNECT, a group of residents committed to mental health and wellness issues, is joining a nationwide action to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The Out of the Darkness Northwest New Jersey Walk takes place at Waterloo Village on Sunday, Oct. 13. The event is part of a national tradition, according to the AFSP website: The organization's community walks comprises its signature fundraising campaign. Each fall, family members, friends, and colleagues walk three to five miles together in hundreds of communities across the nation to prevent suicide, raise awarenes and end the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental disorders.
"With each stride, our walkers save lives, honor loved ones lost to suicide and raise funds to support AFSP’s vital mission," the website says.
The foundation says it is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 36,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, Jefferson Township CONNECT said the job is an urgent one—and it is urging town residents to get involved by joining the walking team or by making a tax-deductible contribution to sponsor the group's effort.