CHATHAM, NJ - Lisa Lattarulo, student assistance counselor, has staked out a spot outside the Chatham High cafeteria to help bring awareness to students about suicide prevention.

“Mental health does not discriminate," Lattarulo said. "If you or a friend or loved one is suffering, reaching out for help is crucial. Talk to a trusted adult or counselor.” 

Lattarulo will be among the students and CHS staff who will be forming a Chatham Cougar team to walk in the fourth annual "Out of the Darkness" community walk 4:30 Saturday at Cougar Field. The proceeds raised will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ASFP.

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One in five people experiences a mental health condition during their lifetime. Ninety percent of those who die by suicide have experienced a serious mental health condition. 

Lattarulo and fellow CHS student assistance counselor Christine Mahoney want to remind community members to be aware of suicide warning signs, which include changes in behavior, eating habits, sleeping habits, and/or mood, as well as increases in substance use. Sometimes, people will seem to no longer experience joy from things they once found joyful. 

All community members are invited to participate in the walk, and Chatham High School invites CHS students and staff to join the Cougar Team. Below is the link.  

Each CHS student or staff member who raises $150 dollars for the walk will receive a free t-shirt. Otherwise, registration is free, but donations are recommended.