Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services is holding its 11th annual “Alive and Running” 5K walk/run event for suicide prevention Sunday, September 27th in Westchester.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at W. 88th Street and La Tijera Boulevard, north of Los Angeles International Airport. More than 1,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers are expected to take part to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention services.

It is estimated that every single day, 90 Americans take their own lives, according to the mental health agency. Approximately 90 percent of these individuals have a diagnosable mental illness, although half of them have never seen a mental healthcare professional, according to the agency.

“The statistics are staggering and unsettling, but there is hope,” said Kita Curry, president and CEO of the nonprofit Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, which provides mental health and substance abuse services in Los Angeles County, regardless of ability to pay.

Proceeds from the walk/run event will directly benefit Didi Hirsch’s suicide prevention programs and provide funding for its Suicide Prevention Center.

Registration for the 5K is $25 (a tax deductible donation). A “Kiddie-K” (1K) will also be held following the start of the 5K, with a $10 registration fee.

For more information or to sign up, www.aliveandrunning.org/.

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