The inevitable goal of the Adult Minecrafters for Suicide Prevention campaign is to reach a total contribution of $2,400 in 1 day. That translates into $100/hour for the duration of the stream. It's an aggressive goal - but something that we can all reach as the Minecraft community. We are MORE than just gamers!
In 1996 I was diagnosed with major depression. The last 20 years has been an emotional roller-coaster for me, my family, my friends, and my coworkers -- which kind of goes along with the disease. I've had times of "normalcy" where my life was as it should be, and other times that were so dark I found myself overwhelmed with pain and despair. At those times, it literally felt like my soul hurt. Obviously, I never crossed the line of taking my own life. Others aren't always so lucky.
I've lost 2 cousins and 3 close acquaintances to suicide. In my life, that's second only to cancer. Justifiably, everybody is trying to find a cure for cancer, but few are genuinely seeking a cure for the mental and emotional illnesses that often lead to suicide. Suicide is NOT a coward's choice or the result of a character flaw. In most cases it's the outcome of an untreated illness.
Modern pharmacology, behavioral therapy, and counseling can go a long way in treating these illnesses, but there is no cure. With the help of this stream, and the generosity of my viewers, I'm hoping to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention get one baby step closer to a cure while helping my little corner of the world better understand the mental and emotional illnesses that lead to suicide.
To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies:
In 1987, a small group of caring individuals had a vision: establish a private source of support for suicide research and education, and essential suicide prevention efforts could be sustained into the future. These founding families---each of whom had lost a someone to suicide---joined with scientists to create what today is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP.
Many of our original founders were concerned about an alarming rise in youth suicide over the previous four decades. During this period, the suicide of young men had tripled while for young women it had doubled. Suicide is currently the third leading cause of death among young people age 15 to 24. The highest overall rates of suicide are for adults age 40 to 59.
Before AFSP, there was no national-scope not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.
Since its founding in 1987, AFSP has:
|Creepers2kill||$30||Just wanted a chance to tell Logan how much fun he was to play with; loved exploring Herobrines Mansion with someone who knew the map and was so generous with the goodies! Thanks for being such a great support for your dad, Logan and for being so much fun to play with.|
|Logan's Mom :-)||$25||I am proud of Logan for all the work he did to help his Dad out. Great work both of you!|
|monkeywork||$20||gotta have an even number 2100|
|Adults Only Minecraft||$80||$2,000!|
|zzIRISHZOMBIEzz||$20||Keep up the great work! This should get you to 1900. I've had my dealings with a suicidal friend and helped them through a rough time and currently doing my part in protecting in the USAF and I'm 100 % for ******* prevention!|
|Anonymous||$500||I hope you guys meet your goal, y'all and this charity deserve it.|
|GasMonkey||$10||thank you Marc for everything you're doing to help|
|Adults Only Minecraft||$10||Off the plateau!|
|Jimmy Miller||$75||To help as much as I can, I hope it is helpful. Thank you for doing this marc, it means more than I can say here, but thank you.|
|Depression and ******* Awareness||$50||Sent by "UFO. Thank-you for your work.|
|monkeywork||$10||This brings you half way sir. Keep up the great work!|
|GasMonkey||$25||keep fighting the fight for all who can't. thank you.|
|Psychophobia||$20||And many thanks for all of your entertaining YouTube videos, Marc :)|
|Anonymous||$500||Keep up the good work for a good cause|