WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the ongoing public health effort to prevent suicide, Circle Solutions, Inc. joined with team partner FHI 360 on September 20 to lead the District of Columbia’s annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, which began at the Sylvan Theatre on the Washington Monument grounds. The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP’s) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.
Circle’s Team, Team Pac—named after one of our own who we lost to suicide—was honored to lead this year’s DC walk, which was highlighted on the local NBC News affiliate. This year, the walk raised $179,014, surpassing the goal of $125,000. In all, 1,609 supporters participated in the DC event.
Know the Facts
- In the United States, one person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes, according to the AFSP, claiming more than 39,500 lives each year.
- It’s estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to 1 million people attempting suicide annually.
- Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65 and the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults.
- Individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths.
- Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives. That’s a suicide every 65 minutes, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
- A survey by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America showed that 30% of service members have considered taking their own life, and 45% said they know an Iraq or Afghanistan veteran who has attempted suicide.