VOW Foundation Presents Annual Suicide Prevention ‘Stride to Save Lives’ Event

OSWEGO, NY – Runners and walkers, including suicide survivors and mental health advocates, will gather to raise awareness for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention as they participate in the Suicide Prevention “Stride to Save Lives” which is being presented by the Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation (VOW).

Proceeds raised will benefit SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

Oswego County will be hosting the September 24 event at the SUNY Oswego campus.

Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. with the event kicking off at 11 a.m.

The event is free and open to anyone who would like to participate.

Local musicians to perform including headline act of Gina Holsopple.

Plenty of free parking is available with rest along the route.

Participants are invited to raise funds for their efforts, with each participant receiving a free T-shirt at the $50 fundraising level.

Advance registration is preferred.

This year’s special keynote speaker will be executive director of SAVE, Dr. Dan Reidenberg, PSYD, FAPA, DAPA, FACFEI, CRS, BCPC, CMT.

Dr. Reidenberg has done extensive work with adolescents and adults who have serious and persistent mental illnesses or who are chemically dependent.

He is a consultant to psychologists, attorneys, and businesses on healthcare and legal matters, is a nationally and internationally sought after speaker and sits on numerous national expert panels for suicide prevention and mental health issues with many published articles and authored the chapter on suicide for the book Adolescent Health.

Dr. Reidenberg has developed one of only three evidence-based programs for school suicide prevention listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Programs, several other best practice materials and he led a team that included senior leadership from Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Twitter, Microsoft, WordPress, Tumblr and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in developing the next generation of suicide prevention technology for the online industry.

If you have additional questions about the event please contact event chair, Jamie Leszcyznski, 315-523-1154 or [email protected]

Suicide is a national public health crisis and is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 34-year-olds and the third leading cause of death for 35 to 44-year-olds.

SAVE works to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and serves as a resource to those touched by suicide.

To learn more about SAVE, visit www.save.org or call 952-946-7998.