Tommy’s First Mates walk for suicide prevention, Sept.17

From staff reports

Last year, following the death of 17-year-old Tommy Reay, his friends at Glen Lake School formed a peer support group called Tommy’s First Mates, which raised $40,000 to train school staff and local teens—with the help of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), a national organization that raises funding for programming, training, research and governmental advocacy.

Throughout the United States, the Walk Out of Darkness offers an opportunity for people affected by suicide and mental illness to gather, remember, share and also raise funds. The Traverse City walk features teams from all over Northern Michigan that will meet at the TC Open Space on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will feature music and yoga, and organizations and networks offering assistance. Following a guest speaker, the group will walk together through Traverse City, united in an effort to bring awareness to suicide prevention. The overall goal for the Northern Michigan area is to raise $85,000.

Click here to register, join or support a specific team, or to donate.

Please read our September 2021 story about Tommy Reay and his parents’ effort to honor him and shine a light to de-stigmatize teenage depression and mental illness.