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The word people don’t like to say out loud – Suicide. It’s dark, it’s uncomfortable, it’s socially unacceptable, yet it’s a serious issue across the country with case numbers on the rise. In 2015, suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 34, and the 3rd leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 to 14. Each year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Yet suicide prevention doesn’t receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death. It’s up to us to make a difference.

RIP Adam Murray

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Having experienced the horrific loss of my first husband, Adam Murray, to suicide in 2010, I am all too familiar with the effects it has on surviving family members. That’s why suicide awareness and prevention has always been close to my heart. Dirk and I made a lifetime commitment in 2017 to give monthly donations to Heartline Inc., Oklahoma’s non-profit suicide hotline and resource center. While no amount of charitable contributions can lessen the pain of losing a loved one, it can help provide resources to those in need.

September is “Suicide Awareness Month”

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosts “Out of the Darkness” community walks in hundreds of cities, across all 50 states, to raise awareness and funds that will save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. This year I decided to double down on my contributions by setting a fundraising goal of $500 to the AFSP. With the help of amazing friends, family, and anonymous angels I crushed that goal to raise $1000 for suicide prevention! I didn’t expect that sharing my story would drive so many people to give from their hearts. The outpouring of love and support was overwhelming.

September 7, 2019
From left to right: Wesley Swett, Kay Pratt, Emily Mathews, Holly Granzen

This was my first, but definitely not my last time to participate in the Walk to End Suicide. It was a beautiful day with my mom and my best friend beside me. Thank you to all who donated in Adam’s memory.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of depression or suicide, please recognize these signs and/or reach out to friends, family, or your local hotline for help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Heartline Oklahoma: 2-1-1