Our mission is threefold. We want to
- Honor the 44,193 people lost to suicide every year,
- Bring awareness to the burden of mental illness faced by Americans,
- Raise money for Mental Health America, which will be used for prevention and treatment initiatives on the national and local level.
In the United States, 1 in 4 people have a diagnosable mental illness. Every year, 44,193 of those people are lost to suicide. 44,193 people who couldn’t get the help they needed because of lack of access to care, inability to pay, or fear of stigmatization.
Why do we let it get to this point? Because as a society, mental health isn’t something we prioritize enough to remove these barriers. 1 in 4 Americans are are written off because we don’t think mental illness is a big enough problem to address.
With Unabridged, we are trying to change that. We want this event to highlight mental illness and acknowledge those who we lost--an event so big that it can’t be ignored. This walk-a-thon is a way to bring us all together: 44,193 cumulative crossings of the Golden Gate Bridge (and other bridges around the nation), in a movement that will bring attention to the burden of mental illness and raise money to help those who are trying to overcome their own burdens. The more people who participate, the bigger an impact we can make on our society.
For more details or questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.