It all started with a 24-hour live stream in mid-January of this year. That was just the beginning, though. Now the inevitable goal of the Adult Minecrafters for Suicide Prevention campaign is to reach a total contribution of $3,000 before the end of 2017. We're almost there! This is an amount we can reach if we work together 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:
|Adults Only Minecraft||$20||Just making good on a bet with Arcane Mining and sharing an on-stream donation from Kyle Penguin.|
|Adults Only Minecraft||$5|
|Michael Wickenden||$10||Marc survived the stream!! Lol|
|WD9UFO||$10||Me again. LoL|
|Mike Wickenden||$10||Yay!! 10 more for surviving ;)|
|WD9UFO||$20||Durn, I lost the bet again. LoL|
|wd9ufo||$20||We still support you Marc!|
|Mike Wickenden||$10||A Scare for the cause ;)|
|WD9UFO||$10||Keep up the good work Marc!|
|MIke Wickenden||$29||2500 just looks better ;)|
|WD9UFO||$10||Keep up the good work Marc!!|
|Wd9UfO||$10||Great job Marc!!|
|Mike Wickenden||$10||Looking for those interested in commemorative shirts for the cause as well. Message BenisonQPS on Discord.|
|iDotGamePlayz||$1||Your a big inspiration, I am glad I came along to watch these Live Streams. I hope the goal is reached soon!|