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AFSP Ride to Silence the Stigma

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Every year almost 865,000 people attempt suicide. Eighty-three percent involve poisoning and fifty-four percent involve firearms. That’s one suicide attempt every 38 seconds. In the time it took to type this paragraph, two more people tried to take their own lives.

More people die by suicide yearly in the U.S than they do by murder. Statistics show almost 35,000 suicides a year as opposed to just short of 19,000 murders. That equates to one suicide ever 15 minutes on average, give or take a few ticks of the clock. Suicide is the second leading cause of deaths among college students and people between the ages of 25-34. 81% of all suicides are male.

As bikers, we ride to do something about, or contribute to meaningful causes and this is one to put on the calendar. The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is presenting the First Annual “Ride to Silence the Stigma” along with the KC Vulcan Riders and Shawnee Cycle Plaza.

AFSP is the leading organization in the fight to understand and prevent suicide through education and research. “A person dies by suicide every 15 minutes. Every 16 minutes, someone is left to make sense of it” is a line from the ASFP flier and rings painfully true. The aftermath of suicide is painful to put it mildly. It’s heavy and it’s deep and it tears at ones very soul, leaving family and friends to wonder why and to forever ponder what they could have or couldn’t have done differently.

So, get off the couch, get out in the wind, and join us for the Ride to Silence the Stigma. The ride starts and ends at Shawnee Cycle Plaza and we hope to see you there.

June 22nd 2013
Shawnee Cycle Plaza
13020 Shawnee Mission Parkway Shawnee KS 66216

Check-in starts at 8:45 $25.00 Rider $25.00 Passenger
Kickstands up at 10:30
Raffle drawing at 2:45 (must be present to win)

Register online at:
http://www.kansascityrtss.weebly.com
Please come join us for a pleasant ride through the Kansas countryside.

ES Rossiter

Resources:

http://www.emorycaresforyou.emory.edu/resources/suicidestatistics.html
http://www.suicide.org/suicide-statistics.html
http://www.sprc.org/

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