Out of Darkness – Suicide Awareness Walk to be held in Ocean City PDF Print E-mail

 Ocean City, Md. – Suicide is the fourth leading cause of premature death in Worcester County. Nationwide, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 34,000 lives each year.


To raise awareness about suicide and mental illness, the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Worcester County Health Department and Core Service Agency, Atlantic General Hospital and other local partners are holding the first Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 10 a.m. on September 29 at the Ocean City boardwalk.


The event is an outreach and fundraising effort to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading national nonprofit exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. The organization reaches out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.


The goal of the event is to raise at least $5,000. To register, support a walker, or make a pledge or donation, visit http://www.outofthedarkness.org and search for the Ocean City event.  There is no registration fee or minimum amount to raise to participate.


Walkers will join thousands of people nationwide to raise funds to support research aimed at improving our understanding of suicide and how to prevent it.


The ceremonial walk will feature memorial activities, local exhibitors and guest speakers. Senator Jim Mathias will give the opening speech for the event. 



April 15, the Commissioners joined representatives of The CRICKET Center of Berlin, an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, to recognize April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month and to encourage the public to participate in two upcoming events, with proceeds to benefit the CRICKET Center, Worcester County’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC), in the fight to support children and families.



Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2014 by hosting its 5th Annual Public Health Conference for invited community partners on Wednesday, April 16 at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City.



Snow Hill, Md. – Open enrollment for qualified health plans through Maryland Health Connection ends March 31, 2014. This is the last chance for consumers to get health insurance through the state's marketplace until the next open enrollment period. Qualified health plan applications submitted by March 31, 2014 will have coverage effective May 1, 2014.


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