April 2010 Vol 1, Issue 1
Chalk writings 2009
News from AFSP Indiana
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To all our supporters, survivors and volunteers
2009 OOTD IndyAs you may have noticed, our chapter name has recently changed. In response to the needs of our state and various community requests, we felt the need to incorporate the entire state in our mission- Silence the Stigma.  
We are happy to announce that we are now the AFSP-INDIANA CHAPTER  
Out of the Darkness Walks 2010
The website is ready for the 2010 walk season!  Indiana currently has 6 walks registered for the Fall of 2010.  Please consider joining us for 1, or all the Out of the Darkness Walks by registering yourself or your team at www.OutoftheDarkness.org  

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2009 OOTD Indy Walkers

 Walkers from the 2009 Indpls Out of the Darkness Walk
 We hope you will also consider joining us for The Overnight in Boston, Massachusetts on June 26-27, 2010 !
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*Survivor Spotlight * 
Carly Peterson 

Carly Petersen

knows the stigma attached to mental illness and suicide, and she knows the only way to erase the stigma is to talk about it.

The Valparaiso resident has wrestled with a host of emotions since losing her daughter Kelsey to suicide two years ago. Kelsey, who was 15 and suffered from a dissociative disorder, was embarrassed by her illness, her mother said.

 Full Article Linked Below: 
If you are interested in submitting a survivor story for future newletters, please send them to Lisa Brattain (info at the end of this newsletter)
Ride to Silence the Stigma - June 12, 2010

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Motorcycle Ride/ Poker Run

June 12, 2010

Ride in MEMORY of a loved one lost to suicide, Ride in HOPE for those living with depression, Ride in SUPPORT of survivors of suicide loss and those who struggle daily with depression...

Join us to Silence the Stigma

Registration 9am / Ride starts at 10am

Northside Harley Davidson - 4146 East 96th Street, Indianapolis

Registration $20 per person/ $30 per couple

 Register online at http://afsp.donordrive.com/afsp under this event name after 4-12-10

Join us for the Ride, Raffle & Food

For additional information, please contact Doug at Dbrattain4afsp@aol.com or (317)774-1377

Suicide Prevention Efforts Reach Washington DC
SPAN logoOn March 8th & 9th, two Indiana AFSP representatives participated in a Legislative Institute to provide training on clearly articulating AFSP/SPAN-USA's public policy agenda regarding suicide prevention needs with Congressional and Senate leaders.  More than 60 participants from 30 states visited the offices of their Congressmen and Senators on March 9th, sharing their personal experiences of suicide loss and their commitment to promote change both in our communities and in public policy.  The training provided an active example of change that can take place when we advocate, and how to encourage our communities to join our voices together to be heard.  Stay Tuned for the opportunity to take part in our 1st Annual Indiana Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol in downtown Indianapolis.   www.spanusa.org  
Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN) Introduces House Resolution 1229- read article
 Interested in Advocacy in Indiana?  Contact Lisa Brattain- Chapter Chair (317)774-1377
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Capitol Hill Visit

Lifekeeper Memory Quilt Program
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Lifekeeper Memory Quilt Program 
Since 1997, Lifekeeper Memory Quilts have served as a visual image of the vast number of suicides that occur in the United States and in Indiana. The quilts represent that we, as survivors, feel our loved ones need to be remembered, not for how they died, but for who they were and how they lived. The quilts help educate our nation and our state to reduce the incidence of suicide.
If you have lost a loved one to suicide, or you know of someone who has, and would like to include him/her on the 2010 Indiana LifeKeeper Memory Quilt,
please contact Lisa Davis
lisadavis4afsp@hotmail.com) so that we may send you a 2010 Quilt Packet - in this packet you will receive a pre-cut square of material (cut for uniformity) and directions on how to complete your square. Our deadline for receiving completed squares is July 31, 2010. 
We are grateful for all the survivors, volunteers, friends and collaborative partners we have met since our Chapter began a little over 2 years ago.  Please know that it will take us ALL to silence the stigma, educate our families, friends and communities, and bring these issues "out of the darkness".  If you are interested in volunteering for any event or specific committee, or you are in an area that needs to start awareness efforts and you would like to be the person to help lead those efforts, please contact me and let me know your area of interest.  I hope that you will join us for the events listed in this newsletter, and please be sure to introduce yourself to any of our committee members and board members.  We look forward to meeting you!  
Lisa Brattain - Indiana Chapter Chair
(Survivor of our precious son Kurt in 2006)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Indiana Chapter
Silence the Stigma! Join us in our efforts to educate, raise awareness & support survivors of suicide loss
In the US, every 16 minutes someone dies by suicide. Every 17 minutes someone is left to make sense of it.
2009 OOTD Indy
 Contact Sara at saypack4afsp@live.com for more information