FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Break the Silence, Let Suicide Out of the Closet -“Get Your Wellness On” First Annual Fair
New York City – September 2, 2010
Every year in the United States, thirty-three thousand Americans die of suicide. Of those thirty-three thousand, eleven hundred are college-aged students, making suicide the third leading cause of death among young adults. It’s time to break the shroud of silence around suicide. It’s time to Get Your Wellness On.
In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Esmeralda Williamson-Noble, writer, activist & survivor, is organizing the first Get Your Wellness On – Suicide Awareness & Prevention Fair on September 18, 2010 – Alexander Holley Plaza – Washington Square Park – Manhattan – 1:00pm to 5:00 pm. The Fair seeks to carve a space in society for an open dialog about suicide while empowering people with the tools to take charge of their mental and physical health
Get Your Wellness On is a grass-roots movement to promote health and save lives. Encouraging dialogue and education to reduce incidence of mental illnesses that can lead to suicide, Get Your Wellness On promotes Eastern and Western approaches to mind and body health. The movement advances a general understanding of wellness that will empower individuals to take charge of their overall health. The Fair will host a number of programs and events that are free to the public with the help of volunteers as far as Hawaii and the participation of National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America and Let’s Erase the Stigma. The Fair’s schedule will include the following:
Demonstration by 2008 Olympic Men’s Saber Fencing Silver Medalists and members of Team USA
• Relaxing with Hula Hoops demonstration by Hoopnotica
• Workshop on “Collecting Memories” with film maker Dempsey Rice
• Yoga and Meditation in the park – Alternative Healing Options
• Suicide inquiry tables
• Musical performances

After her beloved twenty year-old son, Andrew, jumped to his death from the 10th floor of Bobst, NYU’s library, in the predawn hours of November 3, 2009, Esmeralda started writing about her son’s suicide on her blog http://www.foreverinvictus.com. The blog quickly generated a vast and loyal readership of survivors — those who had lost loved ones to suicide and those who had unsuccessfully attempted to end their own lives. The message in their comments was clear: America desperately needs a new approach to curbing the suicide pandemic. “Get Your Wellness On” stems from this community of survivors who fight to raise awareness about and find solutions to the instabilities that can lead to suicide. The “Get Your Wellness On” movement strives to “usher in a new era of emotional and physical wellness.” Esmeralda has told nationwide blog readers and Fair volunteers that “I have chosen to turn my son’s death into a beacon of light & hope for others.”
Contacts: Esmeralda Williamson- Noble esmeraldawn@gmail.com
Melissa Beh melissa.m.beh@gmail.com

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