Every 15 minutes someone in the U.S. takes their life.
Four lives are lost every hour.
100 lives lost every day.
33,000 every year.
90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). 90% of individuals who die by suicide have untreated mental illness…of these 60% have depression. Under treatment of mental illness is pervasive. 50-75% of those in need receive no treatment or inadequate treatment. 50-75% of children with depression go undiagnosed an untreated.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds; and the 3rd leading cause among 15-24 year olds; 16% of students in grades 9-12 report having seriously considered it. PROJECT 4:7 cares about these people in need. We have personally felt the sting of losing a loved one to suicide. Adam Zetterman, our son, brother, and friend took his life on April 16th, 2010 as a result of an ongoing battle with depression. We feel a strong calling to provide for others who struggle and to prevent another statistic. We want Adam’s life to count and help others. He was an RN and offered help to others in so many ways, it’s only fitting that we do this.
The Run To Overcome is an event to heighten awareness of the prevalence and severity of depression and to offer hope. In our journey of losing Adam, we have received countless stories of others who either suffer themselves or know someone who does. The Run To Overcome provides an event where people come together to show one another support and run or walk with a common purpose. It offers hope. Knowing that you are not alone in this battle offers comfort and encouragement.
We have learned that people don’t get help due to any or all of the following:
- they don’t recognize or deny symptoms; wait for symptoms to go away
- lack of knowledge of where to go for help
- distrust of medical field
- STIGMA is a huge reason for not seeking assistance
- treatment is overwhelming due to finances, ongoing appointments, too far,
- feeling of hopelessness
Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin states:
“Preventing suicide is everyone’s business. As members of a family, a school, business, neighborhood, faith communities, friends, and our government, we all need to work together to solve this problem. I ask everyone to help by learning about the symptoms of mental illnesses and substance abuse, the warning signs of suicide, how to stand with and support someone who is in crisis, and how to get someone you care about the help they need.”
Our desire is to help ensure that finances would not prohibit anyone from seeking the treatment that they need.
Project 4:7 is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.