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Suicide Survivors and Mental Health Advocates Walk for Suicide Prevention

Metro Digest Nov. 1 - 7

11/1/2013, 6 a.m.

More than 1,000 survivors of suicide and mental health advocates will participate in the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual fundraising walk from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Piedmont Park. 

The 10th annual Out of the Darkness Walk will be dedicated to Georgian teens that have died by suicide. It will include cheerleaders, bands and dancers from metro Atlanta’s high schools.

In addition, the 3k community walk will feature live local music by The Digits and Wesley Cook, appearances by Atlanta’s pro-sport mascots and a dove release.  

To highlight the AFSP’s 10-year impact in Atlanta, AFSP’s national executive director Robert Gebbia will be in attendance to make remarks about national suicide prevention efforts.

Nationally, every 13.7 minutes, someone takes his/her own life, making suicide the 100h leading cause of death in America and the second leading cause of death for U.S. youth.  In Georgia, more than 1,000 citizens die by suicide each year, causing suicide rates to surpass those of homicide.  Out of the Darkness raises the funds necessary to support metro Atlanta prevention efforts, advocacy programs and survivor outreach.

AFSP Atlanta hopes to increase public awareness and raise $125,000 for suicide prevention research, education and advocacy. Local sponsors include The Johnny Foundation, Emory University, Behavioral Health Link and Skyland Trail.

For more information, visit http://www.afsp.org/atlanta.

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Toyota Green Initiative (TGI)

Historically Black Colleges And Universities to receive Toyota hybrid vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., -- Twenty-two select Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) schools will continue their commitment to sustainability with a one-year lease of a Toyota Prius Liftback or Prius plug-in vehicle.

Each school will receive a vehicle in conjunction with the 2013-14 Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) tour, an environmental stewardship program designed to empower the African American community. The tour travels to participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities each fall to educate students and alumni on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

The twenty-two hybrid vehicles will be used by school staff for campus-related administrative and facilities use and will be delivered to each institution in early 2014.

To learn more about the TGI program and to view the complete 2013-2014 tour schedule, please visit http://www.ToyotaGreen.com.  

American Kidney Fund aims to fight kidney disease

The American Kidney Fund (AKF), in partnership with the American Society of Nephrology, will host its annual Atlanta Kidney Action Day at Underground Atlanta on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, November 4. 

Congressman John Lewis serves as honorary host of Atlanta Kidney Action Day. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature remarks from the Georgia Department of Public Health, health screenings, entertainment, and healthy food samples

It is estimated that as many as 31 million people in the United States are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD, but there are other major risk factors, including having heart disease, being over 60, and being African American, Asian American, Native American or of Hispanic ethnicity. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death. In Atlanta, the prevalence of CKD is well above the national average.