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9.24.2013

Join “Team Iacino” in Promoting Suicide Prevention and Research at Community Walk

The Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are committed to raising awareness about and preventing suicide and, for the fourth year, will support the Out of the Darkness community walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Members of the Miller School’s “Team Iacino” will walk together to honor the memory of their dear friend and colleague, Richard Iacino, and they invite you to remember him – and all friends and loved ones lost to suicide — this Sunday, October 27, at 9 a.m. on the Coral Gables campus.

“As the president of the South Florida Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I implore all of you to join us for this important event,” said Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “For a variety of reasons, ranging from the marked increase in suicide among our military to the ongoing concerns about our struggling economy, we have witnessed a sharp rise in suicide rates this year. Helping to educate the public about the warning signs and treatment of emergent suicidality is essential in addressing this major public health problem.”

In the United States, suicide claims one person every 13.7 minutes, or 36,000 lives each year. Walks sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are designed to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention while raising funds for research. The event is also an effort to reach out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

For more information on this year’s Out of the Darkness community walk and to join “Team Iacino,” visit afsp.donordrive.com/team/52062 or call Adrienne Jaret at 305-355-9092.

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