By now you might have heard I am walking for suicide prevention with the AFSP in this year's Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A. It's one of the most important things I will do all year long and I want you to know why.

Raising awareness isn't just getting more people to understand something is important, as important as that is. It's also about raising the quality of that awareness - why it's important, what matters, and how to do something about it. That's the key to prevention. Not just know it's an important subject, but understanding how to take action. That's why I want to further the conversation about suicide prevention.

That really is the key to prevention: recognizing when someone needs help and understanding what actions to take and what things to say. It all starts with being able to talk about a very difficult subject.

It's a conversation I want my kids to know and understand. By moving past the stigma, my kids and future generations will be better off. It has to start now with me, start with us, in this community. By getting together for this walk, we really are making that conversation happen.

I've been working with AFSP to raise awareness this year and for the first time ever I am leading a GNA team at this September's Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. GNA will be there and you can be too. You'll be making a real difference and helping break down barriers that are preventing people from getting the care they need. You can sign up right here.

If you're as convinced as I am that this is an important topic, learn more about the AFSP Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A that is coming to Saratoga this September and join in. Mark your calendar and sign up. Here is the key info:

Walk Date: September 22, 2019
Walk Location: Saratoga Spa State Park Orenda Pavillion - Saratoga Springs, NY
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

Every single person we get out there with us helps make a difference.