Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00
The City of Glen Cove, along with Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro and Long Island Crisis Center’s Executive Director, Linda Leonard, announced the first annual “Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk Fitness Walk…Stepping Together to Prevent Suicide”, an event that will be held on Sunday, April 25 at Morgan Park in Glen Cove.
“I fully support the Long Island Crisis Center and its mission of providing confidential services to adults and youth in crisis”, said Legislator Yatauro. “I’m absolutely thrilled that they’ve chosen our beautiful Morgan Memorial Park to hold this premiere fundraising event.”
For 39 years, Long Island Crisis Center (LICC) has been the lead agency for suicide prevention in Nassau County. The center provides free, confidential help with specially trained counselors answering the crisis intervention hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is also the first agency to offer one-on-one online counseling through its website.
A recent government study found that more than 8 million Americans seriously consider suicide each year and about 32,000 suicides occur here annually. According to the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), a person commits suicide every 15 minutes in the United States; that’s more than 90 suicides each day. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in this country for young people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Walkers can register online at www.longislandcrisiscenter.org, where they can create a personal webpage and receive online donations. In-person registration begins at 11 a.m. on the day of the walk at Morgan Park, (Germaine Street, Glen Cove), followed by a short kick-off ceremony.
The course features interval training of different workout disciplines including yoga, mat pilates, martial arts and a fitness obstacle course.
The Glen Cove event is the sister event to the “Let’s Walk Let’s Talk” Long Beach walk which will be held on the Long Beach boardwalk on Sept. 26.
For additional information, please contact Long Island Crisis Center at (516) 826-0244 or log on to www.longisland crisiscenter.org.