Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
On July 9, 2016, Jay Anthony Utz lost his battle with depression and untreated sleep apnea. He died at the age 40.
And while Jay struggled with depression, he was so much more than his depression...
...more than a statistic
...more than one event.
Jay was brilliant, generous, funny, and fun. He was my person - my favorite person. He was my confidante and my co-conspirator for the 17 years we were together. He was the guy who could make me laugh so hard my sides would ache, and my world lit up whenever I'd see him.
He's still my favorite person, and I miss him more than words could ever sufficiently describe. I think of him everyday and I say his name.
On October 29th, our team will walk to help increase awareness. We will walk to help remove the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental health issues. We will walk because so many others cannot.
We will walk for those in our lives that struggle so we can continue to walk with them rather than for them.
We walk as a reminder that those who have lost someone to suicide have also suffered a loss equal to any other loss and the stigma shouldn't deny us support. We will support each other because many are denied the same support from their community due to the stigma surrounding their loved one's passing.
Let's change that starting today and each day moving forward.
Our loved ones will not be forgotten. They will be cherished - their names spoken, their lives celebrated. Jay was important. Jay will be remembered.
All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help bring AFSP one step closer to achieving their bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.
You can also support us by registering to walk with our team - just click on the Team Page from the toolbar above, and then select the "join our team" button. If you're on a mobile device, simply click on the team's name The "Jay" Walkers located beneath my name.