Welcome Team BluePearl!

September is National Suicide Awareness Month and at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Hospital, we believe in supporting the causes that are close to our Associates’ hearts. During this month of awareness, we will be participating in many socially distancing-friendly events, including supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a regional sponsor to their Out of Darkness Experience.

Why is this so close to our hearts? Veterinary professionals have one of the highest rates of suicide among many professions. And while our patients may be furry (or scaly or feathery!), the wellbeing of our Associates has always been a top priority. We will not stop fighting for them or spreading the message until this tragedy ends.

How You Can Participate:

Out of the Darkness Community Walks are a signature fundraising event for the AFSP. This year, due to COVID-19 safety measures, we will not be participating as an organization in walks or onsite external events. Instead, we have the virtual Four S Challenge that we encourage you to participate in support of our Associates.

The Four S Challenge includes:

·     Steps: Walk 10,000 steps

·     Stairs: Walk 1,000 stairs

·     Sit-ups: Perform 100 sit-ups

·     Story: Bravery is the midst of adversity and tragedy is one of life’s greatest challenges. Share a story.

Using the hashtag #BP4SChallenge, we encourage you to post these events on social media to bring awareness to our message: ending suicide in the veterinary profession.

StepsSit-UpsStairsShare a Story

To register for our BluePearl Out of the Darkness campaign, raise funds, or make a donation, click the button below and then select "Register Now" or "Donate" at the top of the page.

BluePearl Out of the Darkness Experience

Participation is free and open to BluePearl family and friends.

Please note: there is not an in-person component to our campaign this year - we encourage you all to participate in  the Four S Challenge from the safety of your home and share your experience on social media with the hashtag #BP4SChallenge.

Fundraising Challenge

The top 50 fundraisers for the BluePearl Out of the Darkness Experience will receive an exclusive BluePearl AFSP Water Bottle. The challenge is open from September 1 through October 31, and winners will be announced the week of November 2nd.

AFSP Events

In addition to the BluePearl Out of the Darkness Experience, AFSP has other virtual experiences that you are welcome to explore by clicking the link below:

Local Out of the Darkness Experiences

To register for participation, raise funds, or make a donation, click the button above to choose your local experience and select "Register" or "Donate" on the event page. Participation is free, and please be sure to create or join Team BluePearl when you sign up.

Thank you for taking the time to learn why this cause is so important to us and helping to spread the message. Together, we stand strong and will fight to end suicide in the veterinary industry.