TODAY IS THE DAY.
TONIGHT MORE THAN A THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL WALK THE STREETS OF DALLAS TO BRING SUICIDE AND MENTAL ILLNESS OUT OF THE DARKNESS AND INTO THE LIGHT.
This is my Third Overnight and each year I am so moved by the people and the event as a whole.
What I love about this event is that it gives me an outlet to talk about the things, “we arent supposed to be talking about”. From my cab driver to people I have met in the hotel, each time I am asked what brings me to Dallas, it is an opportunity to share about this cause that is so close to my heart. And with that opportunity, it gives people an invitation to others to share their stories. So many times this week, I have come across people who have experienced a suicide in their lives in one way or another, and it just shows how important the work of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention is.
To break down those stigmas so that people who are hurting can feel free to speak to someone, whether it is family, friends or a complete stranger.
To give hope to those who have lost a loved one, that they are not alone and so many people want to help them.
To give support and strength to those who are struggling. To be a judgment free zone of unconditional support and love no matter what they are facing. Because we believe it can get better.
For me each year this is such a healing experience. No matter what the days, weeks, and months leading up to the event have looked like….it all goes away. All of a sudden I feel the electicity in the air, and a lift in my spirit.
and I believe it is the HOPE that all these amazing people carry in their stories. From across the country to across the world I am impacted by so many people.
and my HOPE is to be able to impact others with what I have found here with AFSP.
These 18 miles before me, are not a challenge… it is a journey of recovery and healing that I am excited to take.
I cannot wait for it to begin.
THE OVERNIGHT 2015