It wasn't quite a world record, but it was more than last year! New Country 107.9 WYYD's Scott Stevens spent 24 hours this weekend greeting visitors to the Salem Fair offering up HIGH FIVES in support of suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
Scott's final 24-hour tally was 10,771, a bit short of the world record of 14,607 set in Australia in 2012, but it was still 2,000 more than Scott's 2018 total!
And after this year's attempt was over, Scott said, "I KNOW we will break the record next year!"
Scott was joined for the entire 24 hours by local volunteers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, who cheered Scott along and helped tally the count, while also providing information to fair-goers about local resources for those who may need help and support.
The AFSP's "Out of the Darkness Community Walk" will be held Saturday, October 5th in Lynchburg at Riverfront Park and in Salem at Roanoke College. More info about the walk at: https://www.facebook.com/ootdwalklynchburgva/.
About the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. We fund research to improve interventions, train clinicians in suicide prevention, and advocate for policy that will save lives. Too many people at risk for suicide do not seek help. We need to find better ways to reach those who suffer, and encourage schools, workplaces, and communities to make mental health a priority.
Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you, so volunteer, join a local chapter, participate in an area fundraising walk, bring a prevention program to your school, get training, give a financial gift, or find out more at https://afsp.org/.
Whether you’ve lost someone or are struggling with suicidal thinking—you are not alone. We bring people who have been affected by suicide out of the darkness, and give them opportunities to help others.
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.