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Mon, Feb. 12th, 2007, 11:31 pm

Hello all,

On June 9th, I'm participating in the Out of the Darkness Overnight walk, a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The event is a 20 mile walk through the streets of New York City from 8pm til 5am. Each participant must raise a minimum of $1000 dollars to qualify to walk. Considering that in past years, thousands of people have participated, we have the opportunity to be part of raising millions of dollars for a cause that has affected almost everyone we know in one way or another.

I'm walking for two main reasons: To help alleviate the negative stigma attached to psychiatric disorders and to show those suffering from them that they are not alone. In a culture where mental illness is on the rise, yet the puritanical idea that suffering from one is a moral failure remains commonplace, I would like to take a step toward open communication about mental illness. I would like to make a public denouncement of silence about mental health.

I'm asking for your help in raising this money. I know we're all young and poor, but if you've got even a little to spare this is a good place to put it. To learn more about the Overnight and to Donate to my Overnight Fund, click here.

Thank you so much,
Caitlin