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9.20.2016

On October 16, Walk with Team UHealth and Support Suicide Prevention

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at their annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Designed to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention while also raising funds for research, the event is an effort to reach people with mental illnesses and those impacted by suicide.

On Sunday, October 16, Team UHealth, led by Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will gather at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus to walk. Nearly 250,000 people will walk in cities across the nation.

“As a member of the Board of Directors and former president of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I strongly encourage all of you to join us for this important event,” said Nemeroff. “Each year since 2005, the average suicide rate in Florida has remained above the national average; it is a major public health problem. In the U.S., suicide costs us $44 billion annually. Imagine if we could reallocate just some of these funds and invest them in research to develop therapies that more quickly and effectively identify, diagnose and treat the mental health conditions that lead to suicide and suicide attempts.”

Suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Each day, approximately 117 Americans take their own life. It is the country’s 10th leading cause of death.

Join Team UHealth by clicking here.

Can’t attend but want to support Team UHealth and suicide prevention? Please visit the donation page and type “Team UHealth” into the search bar.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING RAISE FUNDS TO SAVE LIVES AND CREATE A CULTURE THAT’S SMART ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH.

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