Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, I'm inviting you to join us for greater Danbury's 'Out of the Darkness Community Walk' at Brookfield Town Hall. The dual-purpose of these nationwide walks is to raise money and awareness for the American Federation for Suicide Prevention. (AFSP)

My son, Ethan and I are both walking this year and we'd love you to join us. In 2017, 47,000 died by suicide and my son, Ethan was almost one of them. While still in high school, Ethan downed 135 Concerta tablets in the middle of the night. We found him in the morning and immediately called 9-1-1. It was one of the low points in his life while he was battling a mental illness.

In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between 10 and 34. This is why my son, Ethan and I are choosing to walk at this year's 'Out of the Darkness Walk' at Brookfield Town Hall on Sunday, Oct. 20.

If you chose to walk, you're helping to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. For all the details, click on afsp.donordrive.com.