DIDI HIRSCH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PRESENTS 19th ANNUAL ALIVE & RUNNING A 5K WALK/RUN FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
August 24, 2017
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services presents the 19th Annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention. The event will take place on Sunday, September 24 beginning at 7 a.m. at West 88th Street & La Tijera Boulevard just north of LAX. (Schedule of Events is listed below.) Held during Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, Alive & Running is an inspiring, life-affirming gathering of people affected by suicide that remembers loved ones and raises money and awareness for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center. The family-friendly event includes live music, speakers, children's activities and a Health & Wellness EXPO. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that suicide for teen girls is at a 40-year high, the event is expected to draw hundreds of high school and college students who have been affected by suicide and want to support prevention efforts. Last year, about 2,000 runners, walkers and volunteers attended Alive & Running,raising about $350,000. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $2.5 million for the Center's programs. Actor-turned-filmmaker Dennis Dugan, who directed many comedies includingHappy Gilmore and Big Daddy, will serve as emcee of this year's Alive & Running.
"I have been touched by the tragedy of suicide three times," says Mr. Dugan. "My wife's mother and two of my friends have taken their lives. What those dear souls went through to arrive at that point is unimaginable to me. And what those who live on have had to confront is equally inconceivable. If I can contribute anything to help ease the pain of anyone involved in these tragedies, I will do so with my heart and soul." In memory of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, two musicians who recently died by suicide, The Village CEO Jeff Greenberg is supporting this year's event to focus attention on how the music industry is affected by mental illness, substance use and suicide. He formed a team called The Village People and is urging musicians, artists, music executives and fans to come together against suicide. "With these two recent losses of stars that I adore and have worked with, it's more important than ever to get the word out that there are alternatives and help for anyone considering suicide," Mr. Greenberg says. "Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention Center is the leading anti-suicide organization in America and offers a variety of services including counseling, a hotline, education and support for survivors." The Fletcher Family Foundation is the event's Presenting Sponsor. The Berman/Rutenberg Family, Pamela and Earl Kluft and Andrew E. Rubin are all Platinum Sponsors. EVENT SCHEDULE7 am Same-Day Registration 7:30 amPre-Race Program 7:45 amWarm-up and Stretch
8 am5K Walk/Run Begins!9 am Entertainment / Awards