Last weekend I had the honor of participating in one of the ‘Out of the Darkness’ community walks. This was a short walk to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The event was much more emotional than I expected – for several reasons.

I am a suicide survivor.

What does that mean? It means that someone very close to me (my own mother) committed suicide when I was 21 and now I am left with trying to cope with such a devastating loss.

There were people from all walks of life at the walk – people who had lost children, brothers, sisters, parents and friends…each of them left to pick up the pieces and to try and make sense of it all. Needless to say it was VERY difficult to hold back the tears during the pre-walk ceremony.

After the walk I realized how important it is that each of us take on an important issue or cause to support. It is so easy to get caught up in our daily lives and to forget the things that are truly important. I encourage each of you to just do something, anything, to make a difference. Need inspiration? Visit one of my favorite blogs, and read through some of her posts…