Last week, I was offered a spot to join the 2015 Boston Marathon Team for Samaritans and accepted the offer immediately. I’m excited and honored to be given this opportunity and I hope that you will join me in the journey to the finish line over the next few months. Along with my training, I have also pledged to raise $7,500 for Samaritans. So, if we know each other, prepare for a barrage of harassing emails and phone calls to start very soon. If you know me, you may also know that running for Samaritans has a very personal connection to me and my family after my mom lost her battle to mental illness on July 19th, 2005.
I hope that this blog will not only allow you to learn more about me over the next few months leading up to the Marathon, but also provide a space where we can learn more about Samaritans and the services they provide in both grief support services and suicide prevention within the Boston and Greater Boston communities. Most importantly, I hope that this blog will help ignite conversations about suicide and the effort needed from all of us to break the stigma intertwined with mental illness.