With pandemic devastation fueling suicides worldwide this year, we reimagined Alive & Running to support survivors of losses and attempts everywhere! Alive Together: Uniting to Prevent Suicide was held on November 14, 2021 to raise global awareness and support for Didi Hirsch’s field-defining Suicide Prevention Center.
Teams gathered in Los Angeles at Exposition Park and virtually – in neighborhoods around the world – to walk 2,160 steps (about 1 mile) for the 2,160 people lost globally to suicide each day.
The event featured inspiring speakers and celebrities sharing their stories and support, community-building activities, and our beloved memorial quilts and memory trees. We also had exciting integrated digital experiences happening in parallel so people everywhere can participate to support survivors and suicide prevention!
Click here to watch a video of the event’s live stream.
Mental Health Is Health Experience
The Mental Health Is Health experience live-streamed Wednesday, May 26, 2021 as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. It conveyed the theme of our focus of work—ensuring that mental health and physical health must be treated equally. This means equal access to and payment of healthcare whether someone has asthma or ADHD, diabetes or depression, breast cancer or bipolar disorder.
Alive and Running 5K for Suicide Prevention
Alive & Running is an uplifting, life-affirming event that remembers loved ones lost to suicide while raising funds and awareness for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.
Our 22nd Alive & Running 5K for Suicide Prevention in September 2020 was a virtual event that raised $448,000 for our lifesaving suicide prevention services.
Erasing the Stigma Awards
Over 25 years ago, Didi Hirsch launched a movement to erase the stigma of mental illness by hosting an annual event that recognized those with the courage to speak about their personal mental health challenges. Today, people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences talk openly about mental health – demonstrating the great strides made to erase the interpersonal stigma
of mental illness.