Suicide Prevention Events Set

09/26/2018 - 05:54

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Operation New Dawn,” a 20-mile relay, will be held Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. in conjunction with an event seeking to prevent suicides.

The relay will begin and end at the entrance of BB&T Ballpark Stadium that faces Romare Bearden Park. The final lap will be taken in conjunction with the Out of the Darkness Walk as a unified front in the fight for suicide prevention.

North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame is holding its relay event prior to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” at Romare Bearden Park, which begins at 2 p.m..

The 20-mile relay will involve running a 1.3 mile loop to support programs for suicide prevention and mental health awareness for military veterans.

"Statistically, 20 veterans take their lives daily in the U.S. In many cases this is due to various mental diagnosis that do not receive adequate mental health resources and preventative care. Our mission is to utilize collaborations with organizations such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to raise funds to develop educational tools and provide mental health services for our veterans. We are reaching out to organizations both locally and nationally who would like to support by taking part in our inaugural 20 mile run "Operation New Dawn,” a spokesperson said, adding:

"This 20 mile relay will be completed by participants who will share the responsibility of completing one lap on the 1.3 mile course that is set in downtown Charlotte. If runners are unable to attend the event they can support virtually through the purchase of a t-shirt and running a 1.3 mile lap on their own course or treadmill. This event is open to all ages for anyone who supports the movement of saving lives. Please consider joining us in this movement as we strive to save lives, end the stigma and create an even greater support community for our veterans. Below is the link in which supporters can purchase our inaugural t-shirts where all proceeds will be donated to suicide prevention."

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