LONG BEACH — On July 16, Altering Tides, a program of Little Tokyo Service Middle, hosted “Ripple Impact: Stroll for Suicide Prevention” at Jack Rose Monitor at CSU Lengthy Seaside.
With over 400 individuals, volunteers and numerous donors, the occasion raised over $100,000 for Altering Tides’ packages and initiatives to help psychological well being and suicide prevention within the AANHPI (Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) neighborhood.
In keeping with current statistics, suicide is now the main explanation for dying for Asian Individuals aged 15-24. “Ripple Impact” aimed to boost consciousness for suicide prevention and generate funds to help Altering Tides’ psychological well being work inside the AANHPI neighborhood.
For many who misplaced a cherished one to suicide, “Ripple Impact” served as a second of reflection and unity, and a possibility to take motion to stop future tragedies. Attendees created and joined strolling groups, and took part in time-based walks in honor of people or teams.
For instance, some attendees participated in a 21-minute stroll to honor Nick Music, who died by suicide at 21 years of age, whereas others participated in a 33-minute stroll to boost consciousness for the 33% of deaths of AANHPI aged 15-24 which might be attributable to suicide.
Visitor audio system Bonnie Tang and Greg Music, who misplaced their son Nick earlier final 12 months, and Linh Vo, a detailed buddy of Nick’s, spoke in regards to the dire must destigmatize psychological diseases and lift consciousness round suicide prevention.
J-City Taiko Membership kicked off the stroll with a robust taiko efficiency and, adjoining to the strolling monitor, psychological well being info cubicles and meals distributors welcomed attendees and passersby.
“It actually warms my coronary heart to see that so many individuals are involved about psychological well being and I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of help,” shared Tang. “Hopefully this can carry some momentum in order that we will do extra and lift the extent of dialog round psychological well being.”
Shortly after their son’s dying, Tang and Music obtained concerned with Altering Tides, compelled to stop different mother and father from struggling the tragedy of shedding a toddler to suicide. Looking for a corporation to donate the **koden** they acquired from Nick’s funeral (financial condolence items given to the household of the deceased, as is customary in Japanese tradition), they had been launched to Altering Tides and helped set up “Ripple Impact” in honor of their son.
“Whereas the ache of loss stays with us at all times, by channeling our deep love for our misplaced ones to constructive change, we’re therapeutic and shifting ahead. It provides us great hope that we will collectively create ripple results of kindness, generosity and care to these scuffling with psychological well being challenges in addition to their household and pals,” Tang mentioned in her speech.
Funds raised from the occasion will go in direction of supporting Altering Tides’ packages and initiatives like CT Stream, a remedy stipend program aimed towards AANHPI younger adults that gives 6-10 free remedy classes.
Images courtesy of Little Tokyo Service Middle