CHATHAM, NJ – In its continuing efforts to raise awareness of suicide prevention Chatham Township will host its 4th Annual Chatham Township Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, September 21 st at 4:30 p.m. to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The event, which has attracted hundreds of participants from Morris, Essex, Union, and Somerset
counties, will take place, rain or shine, at Cougar Field located at 320 Shunpike Road in Chatham Township. Participants can register as an individual, or as a team, by visiting www.afsp.org/chathamtwp.

“Each year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide," Curt Ritter, walk co-chair, said. "It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and the 11th leading cause of death overall in New Jersey. The School District of the Chathams has reported in their Critical Issues in Student Wellness report that more than 100 high school students and 50 middle school students had seriously considered attempting suicide. The time to act is now, and we hope that our ongoing efforts to shine a bright light on this important issue will help bring greater awareness of suicide prevention and raise much-needed funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I encourage everyone to join us this September to help fight suicide.”

Anthony LoPorto, walk co-chair, said, “We are grateful for the support of the community who has helped to make the Chatham Township Walk one of the largest Out of the Darkness Walks in New Jersey raising nearly $250,000 over the past three years."

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Individuals and local businesses that have an interest in sponsoring the Chatham
Township Out of the Darkness Community Walk can learn more at https://bit.ly/2Z80d72

The Chatham Township Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 375 Out
of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this year. Hundreds of
individuals from throughout Morris, Essex, and Union counties are expected to
participate in the Chatham Township Walk, which will support the AFSP’s local and
national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.

As part of its efforts to educate and inform its resident on suicide awareness and
prevention, Chatham Township has hosted a series of community forums, “Talk Saves Lives,” in conjunction with the AFSP. Individuals can view replays of the presentations on the Township online video library at https://bit.ly/2YPktyX.