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Supporters of suicide prevention agency CONTACT We Care to join June 13 5K Walk/Run

Are you alive and running? You can help others stay alive by joining the “Alive & Running” CONTACT We Care 5K Walk/Run being held Saturday, June 13 at Nomahegan Park in Cranford. Every participant will receive a T-shirt and awards will be given to the overall top three male and female finishers, as well as the top three male and female finishers by age group.

The cost of participation is $25 ($15 for those 18 and under) and all money raised will go toward funding the operation of the agency's hotline, including keeping more than 200 trained volunteer listeners available for callers and texters whenever needed.

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Headquartered in Westfield, CONTACT We Care is a suicide prevention agency that operates a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline and provides suicide prevention training to the public, community groups and businesses.

Every 13.7 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide and more than 38,000 people died by suicide in 2010, including 4,600 young people.

“Studies show a decrease in feelings of emotional distress and suicide both during and following calls to a crisis hotline,” said Joanne Oppelt, CONTACT’s executive director. “The most effective solution for preventing suicide is interaction with another human being.”

What:               “Alive & Running” CONTACT We Care 5K Walk/Run

When:              Saturday, June 13 - 9:30 a.m.

Where:             Nomahegan Park, Cranford (across from Union County College on Springfield Avenue)

Cost:                $25

To Register:     Visit www.contactwecare.org

                          Visit http://racenj.com/contactwecare-5k
                          Email  lucinda.mercer@contactwecare.org

                          Call 908.301.1899

CONTACT We Care serves Central and Northern New Jersey and is a primary responder to calls to the national suicide prevention line (1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE) that originate in New Jersey. Callers also reach CONTACT by dialing 908-232-2880 or texting “CWC” to 839863.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer listener or text consultant at CONTACT We Care should contact Sue Fasano, director of programs at the hotline, at 908.301.1899 or sue.fasano@contactwecare.org.

About CONTACT We Care

CONTACT We Care, headquartered in Westfield and with a listening hub in Morristown, is Central and Northern New Jersey’s crisis listening line, receiving more than 15,000 calls per year.  CONTACT brings comfort and hope to people in emotional distress through active, empathetic and nonjudgmental listening.  All calls are free, anonymous and confidential.  If you are in crisis and need someone to listen, call our hotline at 908-232-2880.  We are affiliated with CONTACT USA, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the American Association of Suicidology.  For general information about CONTACT We Care or to become a volunteer, call us at 908-301-1899 or visit our website at www.contactwecare.org.

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