Out of the Darkness Community Suicide Awareness Walk raises more than $35,000

Ocean City, Md. (October 1, 2013) – The second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Ocean City has raised more than $35,000 doubling the amount raised at last year’s walk.

 Approximately 300 people participated in the event on September 28 to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental illness.

The outreach and fundraising effort supports 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 Ocean City Out of the Darkness Community Walk was sponsored by the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Worcester County Health Department and Core Service Agency, Atlantic General Hospital, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Life Crisis Center, Worcester County Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program and other local partners.

Donations can still be accepted via http://www.outofthedarkness.org or text AFSP (space) OCEAN to 85944 (until December 31, 2013).

Walkers joined thousands of people nationwide to raise funds to support research aimed at improving our understanding of suicide and how to prevent it.
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Public Health Officials Offer Food Safety Tips in Preparation of Potential Power Outages and Flooding Due to Hurricane Florence

(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Snow Hill, MD- Small changes often lead to major results and Worcester County Health Department’s free Lifestyle Balance program aims to help residents eat healthy, be active and lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with easy-to-follow tips and tools. New classes begin this September at the Atlantic Club in West Ocean City.


• Classes run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning September 11 and ending on January 15.

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Due to inclement weather, the Just Walk Making Strides event scheduled for today is rescheduled for 5-6 p.m. on October 18 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill. For more information, please call 410-632-0056.  Read more ...
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