In October, when many companies will be going Pink for breast cancer awareness, Cumberland Goodwill EMS will turn a slightly different shade. This year, the Station and Events Committee at Cumberland Goodwill has opted to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in the “Out of the Darkness” walk by going green in support of mental health awareness. Mental health services are often overlooked, mental illnesses often stigmatized, and more and more first responders are living with significant mental trauma that we wanted to do something different to show our support for everyone out there who may be struggling. Every year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Mental health calls make up a large and growing proportion of the emergencies we respond to every day, and our own people are not immune from the stresses and traumas of the job.
During October on select days, crew members who make a donation towards the Carlisle Out Of The Darkness Walk will be wearing a special green tshirt on duty.
You can still help us help others by supporting our team and making a donation on the official Out Of The Darkness Carlisle Walk website. You can find our team by clicking here and can donate to this great cause by sponsoring one of the team members on our roster and/or joining our team. The walk takes place 10/18/2015 from 4pm-7pm at Dickinson Park (124 Ritner Highway). More information on the event can be found at this website.
We’ll be posting more awareness tidbits throughout the month of October from great websites like the Code Green Campaign, which specifically looks to help out EMS providers, as well as making sure the community knows the warning signs of suicide. For now, please help us in our fundraising goal to help out this often-overlooked crisis in our communities by donating to our team for the Out Of The Darkness Walk.