Benefit walks to help suicide prevention group

Posted Sept. 21, 2009, at 5:56 p.m.

Today we have information about two Out of the Darkness Community Walks to benefit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Julie Clement e-mailed she and John Long, owners of Long Funeral Home in Camden, and Daleen Dutton, executive director of Communities That Care in Rockport, are organizing the second annual Coastal Maine Out of the Darkness Walk beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the old Rockport Elementary School at the corner of Routes 1 and 90 in Rockport.

“It is estimated that, each year, nearly 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt,” Clement wrote, adding more than 30,000 individuals “die by suicide and more than 20 million suffer from depression.”

Having “personally handled the funeral arrangements for a number of midcoast families dealing with suicides,” Clement explained, she and Long believe they need “to educate the public about this permanent solution to a temporary problem.”

To participate or receive more information, call 236-0092 or 236-9800, e-mail longfuneral@gwi.net or register online at www.outofthedarkness.org.

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Each year in Maine, approximately 158 people die by suicide, “and suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people ages 15-24,” states a release from Wanda Cunningham of the University of Maine Cutler Health Center Counseling Center in announcing this Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

The fundraiser also benefits AFSP, which provides the Center with “resources to support a Web-based, anonymous depression screening for UMaine students,” Cunningham explained.

The event is sponsored by the Cutler Center and the town of Orono. Individuals are encouraged to form a team to participate in the event beginning with registration at 1 p.m. and the walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, on the Orono campus.

You can register or receive more information by visiting www.outofthedarkness.org, calling Bethany Asquith at 581-1392 or e-mailing Bethany.Asquith@umit.Maine.edu.

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The public is invited to hear Marine Environmental Research Institute founder and director Dr. Susan Shaw discuss “Oceans in Crisis, Emerging Health Risks, Innovative Solutions,” beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at MERI, 55 Main St., Blue Hill.

Shaw’s talk will cover “her landmark research revealing that toxic chemicals in consumer products are contaminating our oceans,” the MERI release states.

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Brenda Sprague of Mount Desert Island Hospital reports the MDIH Auxiliary Fall Bake Sale is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at The First on Main Street in Bar Harbor.

The sale includes luncheon items from soups to casseroles, as well as desserts.

And if you don’t need anything, a monetary donation to support the work of the auxiliary would be greatly appreciated.

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Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice Volunteer Auxiliary seeks donations for its yard sale scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Penobscot View Grange on Route 1, Rockport.

To donate items, call auxiliary president Colleen Newcomb, 975-9250. Pickup is available.

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Friends of Ellie Burns of Ellsworth, who recently was diagnosed with lung cancer and was scheduled to begin radiation and chemotherapy treatments last week, are hosting a country music show for her benefit, since she has no health insurance and is unable to work.

Linwood “Smokey” Stover reports he and Wade Dow have organized the event, which begins with doors opening at 6 and the country music show from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Elks Club, 317 High St., Ellsworth.

Admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12.

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Refreshments will be available at the event featuring Stover and Wade Dow & Friends. Stover said any donations over and above the cost of admission would be greatly appreciated.

For more information, call Stover at 667-3809.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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