Life is all about connections and finding our common ground, reach out to others…let them know they matter, they are worthy and that their story need to continue!
This guy was super lucky to be asked to go out to Smoketown Pennsylvania to film this amazing Balloon Jump for a good cause a Charity Event put together by TEAM EVIL. The event was for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The event was sponsored by “SLAY” energy drink company.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization established in 1987. It funds research, runs educational programs, advocates for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention, and supports survivors of suicide loss. It is headquartered in New York, with an office in Washington, D.C.
As well, many personalities are supporting the cause, like Carrie Genzel an actress/writer/producer, most recognized for her work as “Skye Chandler” on ALL MY CHILDREN, as well as two memorable SUPERNATURAL episodes “Bugs” and “Just My Imagination. Aside from acting Carrie writes a blog STATE OF SLAY, which documents her journey with mental illness that she uses to empower and inspire others on their path. As someone who has lost numerous people to suicide, and has attempted it herself in the past, AIR is an important part of her message of hope and recovery.
Suicide is a public health issue that does not discriminate against age or ethnicity and can impact anyone regardless of their social or economic status. In Florida, it is believed that one person dies by suicide every three hours. Unfortunately, that number is rising.
While there is no single cause of suicide, it most often occurs when stress and other health issues combine, leaving an individual with feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair. Research suggests that undiagnosed mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and addiction increase one’s risk for suicide.
A suicide can be the most private of acts. An individual, alone in extreme mental anguish, makes the ultimate decision to sever their bond with this world permanently. No one else may ever know the truth about their silent torment. Even with a suicide note or a message to a loved one, their death is muted and hidden.
When someone dies by jumping it is usually from a residential building. Most suicides that occur from more public areas such as bridges or cliffs tend to be done by younger males, and choose to jump from their residences because of easy accessibility and proximity. It is by its nature a public action. Their secret is out, and the image of the tragedy is an open blemish for all to see.
Undoubtedly, this initiative seeks to share the joy and excitement of living, and there is no better way to do it than from above. I hope that soon, more Skydivers will join this cause.