The Bellmore-based Long Island Crisis Center will gather together on September 17 at the Long Beach Boardwalk to once again promote suicide awareness among teens.
With suicide the second leading cause of death among young people in the United States, the issue recently re-entered the public spotlight with the release of troubling statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. According to a new CDC report, suicide among teenage girls has now reached a 40-year high. Also troubling is that there is a suicide by a child under the age of 13 every five days.
Long Island Crisis Center’s Executive Director Linda Leonard states, “Teen suicide is not a pleasant subject – but it is something all Long Islanders need to be thinking about. As parents, educators, and community members, we have a responsibility to promote suicide prevention and to remind young people that it’s okay to ask for help.”
The Long Island Crisis Center, an agency at the forefront of suicide prevention among young people – will hold its ninth Annual Suicide Awareness Walk to help spread this message of hope. Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk … Stepping Together to Prevent Suicide invites people from across Long Island to come together, to walk as one community, and to spread a message of suicide prevention.
“At Long Island Crisis Center, we know that suicide crosses all religious, racial, ethnic, economic, and educational lines – it affects everyone,” explains Director of Development, Fran Karliner. “Most importantly, we understand that suicide prevention is only effective when we can de-stigmatize the subject of suicide and talk openly and honestly about it. That is the true purpose of this Walk.”
The walk takes place on Sunday, September 17 on the Long Beach Boardwalk at Laurelton Boulvard. On-site registration is at 10:30 a.m. , a short program starts at 11 a.m. and the Walk begins at 11:30 a.m. The suggested minimum donation is $25, and those interested can learn more or pre-register at