Elmira- The Eleventh Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 7th at Eldridge Park beginning at 11:00 AM. On-the spot registration opens at 9 am and returning this year featured performance by the Ithaca-based youth music group “Vitamin L” at 10:15 am. Raffle tickets will be for sale featuring over 30 prizes from local businesses.
From its modest beginnings of 500 walkers over ten years ago, local support for this event continues to grow each year as have the funds raised by the event itself and direct donations from individuals, businesses and organizations. Last years’ event drew over 2000 participants, raising over $50,000. We anticipate over 2000 walkers again given the pace of pre-registration!
Funds gathered from the event remain local by supporting numerous suicide prevention initiatives for youth such as school-based programs like Signs of Suicide, designed to teach youth to recognize and respond to warning signs in themselves or a friend.
Additional support is provided to the community by offering gatekeeper prevention trainings through QPR, safeTALK and ASIST. These gatekeeper trainings continue to be offered regularly across the community as well on request for groups and organizations at no cost, and over 3000 individuals have participated in this training. ASIST, an advanced suicide prevention and response training is offered throughout the year in our region.
The participation of loyal walkers each year, and the event’s continued growth will allow Chemung County to remain one the most progressive suicide prevention counties in the state of New York. Please visit the Walk a Mile in My Shoes website atwww.walkamile.net to learn more details, and register for this important event. Bring yourself, a team, or simply make a donation through our website, and help us keep our community at the forefront of education and prevention about the tragedy of suicide.
More common than you think. . .
More preventable than you know!