Save A Life San Diego Community Walk

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Balboa Park (6th and Laurel)

Registration: 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Opening Ceremonies: 8:30 am

Walk starts at: 9:00 am

You have an opportunity to help save lives by supporting the Save A Life Walk which generates funds for suicide prevention through awareness, education, and support for survivors of suicide loss. 100% of the funds remain in San Diego.

In the United States a person dies by suicide every 16 minutes, claiming over 30,000 lives each year.

Suicide now ranks first among causes of non-natural death in San Diego County.

From 1995 to 2006, suicide took the lives of 3,959 San Diegans.

In San Diego, suicides outnumber homicides by 2.35 to 1

In San Diego, for every suicide completed, an estimated 8 – 25 are attempted.

The fastest growing group completing suicide is children between the ages of 10-14. This rate has doubled in the last two decades.

In San Diego County, white males have the highest suicide rate of any race/gender combination

Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder or a combination of disorders at the time of their death.

The U.S. Surgeon General states that suicide is a major preventable public health problem.

The purpose of this walk is to develop awareness regarding mental illness and suicide; and to educate the public on how we can work together to prevent loss of life to suicide. The funds generated will support two local organizations that are already working to prevent suicide and support those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

For 27 years, Survivors of Suicide Loss of San Diego County has been supporting survivors of a suicide loss and educating the community about suicide and the prevention of suicide. We provide six monthly support groups throughout San Diego County; a call-in help line for survivors; publish over 1,600 quarterly newsletters; and maintain a speaker’s bureau for the prevention of suicide. 619-482-0297.

The San Diego Chapter of Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® is a school and community based youth prevention suicide prevention program that incorporates a collaborative, public health model to decrease suicide risk by promoting help seeking behavior among young people. During the past 11 years we have distributed nearly 675,000 Yellow Ribbon Lifeline Cards and have provided comprehensive suicide prevention education for over 167,000 middle/high school staff, students, and parents. 760-635-5904.