News : Raising Suicide Awareness Through Fitness Competition

May 12, 2015

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DOVER — While most were lying in bed enjoying a lazy Saturday morning, friends and patrons of Integrated Fitness in Dover tested their body’s work capacity with various competitions.

From deadlifting, a mile race, to push-up competitions, all of it was tiring just to watch. But it was not just an event for testing physical capabilities; the event was raising awareness about suicide and preventative options.

Ashley Johnston took her own life two years ago in this coming June, and her family is doing their best to make sure that others don’t have to go through what they did.

“We want to try and help other families,” said Margie Johnston, Ashley’s mother. “We want to provide support.”

Margie and her family linked up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to put on the fitness event. The goal of events like these is not only to key people into the signs linked to suicide so an intervention can take place, but also remove the stigma associated with the disease that causes it.

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