August 10, 2018
A large gathering of supporters joined together for the inaugural ‘Out of the Darkness” suicide awareness walk organized by Advanced Health and its local partners. About 290 people attended the walk that raised over $11,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for research, education and support services for all those affected by suicide. Advance Health’s chief healthcare transformation officer Lisa Hendricks, a member of the Suicide Prevention Committee in the county, said it’s been working on ways to address the challenges the community faces around suicide. In the most recent Coos County Community Health Improvement Plan (2015-2020), it stated from 2009 to 2011, there were 142 suicide-related hospitalizations in the area.