Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will hold its 15th annual Alive and Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention in Westchester Sunday, Sept. 22.
The event is scheduled to kick off at 8 a.m. just north of Los Angeles International Airport at W. 88th Street and La Tijera Boulevard in Westchester.  More than 2,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers are expected to take part.
Proceeds from Alive and Running will benefit Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center. Founded in 1958, the Suicide Prevention Center provides services to people who are contemplating suicide and those affected by the suicide of loved ones. The center was the first in the U.S. to establish a 24-hour suicide prevention crisis line to counsel callers in great emotional stress and help them cope with suicidal thoughts, according to the organization.
The center’s Suicide Response Team works with the mayor’s Crisis Response Team and local emergency services, including the Los Angeles Police Department, FBI and area fire departments to provide immediate support at the scene of a suicide.
Statistics show that in the United States, someone takes their life every 15 minutes. In the adolescent population, for every loss of life by suicide there is an average of 100 to 200 attempts.
Registration for the Alive and Running event is $35. A free “Kiddie-K” (1K) will also be held following the start of the 5K.
Information or to sign up, www.aliveandrunning.org or AliveandRunning@DidiHirsch.org.

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