Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Sat., Sept., 19, 2009
Volunteers are needed to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by participating in the Annapolis Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sat. Sept. 19, 2009. The walk starts and ends at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Rowe Blvd., across from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, traveling through Annapolis and the City Dock. Proceeds will benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. Registration will be held in the church parking lot at 8:00am, and the walk will begin at 9:00am. To register, donate or to learn more, please logon to www.outofthedarkness.org.
I am happy to celebrate my son who made it through a difficult period with depression. He originally requested help and we started with his pediatrician who gave us very sound advice. The sad and hard part was the weeks/months of trying to get him an appointment with a professional. It was such a run a round. He eventually ended up in the emergency room and then to an in-patient facility which in the long run, I feel saved his life. He still went through some tough times but with counseling and medication adjustments he has had longer stretches of happiness. He is a productive, relatively happy senior in high school with a passion for photography and high hopes for art school.
There was no one single remedy for his success in coming out of his severe depression. Had it not been for a combination of things, I don’t know that I would have been able to go through with hospitalizing him which was the quicker answer to what he needed.