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Southern Tier Tuesdays: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Broome/Tioga), Out of the Darkness Walk

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(WBNG) -- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Broome/Tioga), Out of the Darkness Walk is this week's winner of a two-thousand dollar grant from Upstate Shredding through Southern Tier Tuesdays.

The non-profit is dedicated to saving lives and providing hope to those affected by suicide.

The organization says it aims to raise awareness and educate communities about suicide prevention, as well as advocate for better public policies at all levels of government.

Karen Heisig, Associate Area Director for the Greater Central NY Chapter, says the non-profit brings resources and programming to schools and local organizations. She adds that AFSP partners with groups in the area like BC SAFE to put on these types of outreach programs.

"If you think about CPR and first aid -- it's the basics. We all know what to do if we've watched enough TV, right? If someone's having a heart attack, we know what to do. Jump into action. Mental health and suicide prevention is no different," explained Heisig, adding, "Talk Saves Lives is our most basic, free program and an introduction to suicide prevention."

Heisig adds that programs like Talk Saves Lives teaches the community about risk factors, warning signs, and how to have difficult conversations, to name a few topics.

On Saturday, October 2, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (Broome/Tioga) will host its annual "Out of the Darkness Walk" at Otsiningo Park, North Shelter. The event begins at 9:30 am and organizers say it's a chance to continue raising awareness while connecting with others in the community.

"To me, it just means were trying to shine the light on suicide and raise awareness about the whole issue. I feel like its been swept under the rug for so long that if we don't shine the light on it then we're never going to be able to deal with it and approach it," said Maggie Alston, Broome/Tioga's Out of the Darkness Walk co-chair.

To reach the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, you can do so online at their chapter's website by clicking here. You can also email Karen Heisig at

To reach the Broome/Tioga Out of the Darkness Walk, click here.

Southern Tier Tuesdays is a philanthropic endeavor of Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding, and his daughter, Clover.  For more information or to nominate a Southern Tier non-profit go to


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