The “Into the Dawn” suicide memorial walk is an advocacy initiative launched by Embrace in March 2014. It intends to provide a community support environment for those who have been affected by suicide. During the walk, we remember those we have lost to suicide and acknowledge the pain for those left behind. A memorial wall is placed at the end point of the walk on a yearly basis, with photos, keepsakes, and/or names of those we have lost to suicide. The first walk took place on September 21st 2014, when over 150 people showed up.
Surviving a suicide loss
The shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide alters us immeasurably. Suicide loss has long-lasting ramifications. It can be very difficult to deal with the aftermath of a suicide and it is only made more difficult by the stigma associated with a suicide death. By joining “Into the Dawn” walk you are reaching out and providing comfort and support to each other. The taboo subject of suicide must be brought out into the dawn and into the light of public discussion so we can all learn to heal.
Walk to save lives
Suicide is a public health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers, and the whole community. After years of hard work and preparations, Embrace has established Embrace Life Line - the first ever National Suicide Prevention Helpline in Lebanon to help those who are in crisis. By walking at Into the Dawn, you are raising awareness about suicide and helping to provide the needed resources to prevent suicide.
Walk to raise funds
Embrace funds awareness, outreach, education and research programs aimed at improving our understanding of suicide and ways to prevent it. Embrace will provide educational programs to increase awareness about suicide prevention, warning signs and the psychiatric illnesses that can lead to suicide.
All funding raised from the walk will go to:
- Sustaining the Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Funding scientific research
- Promoting policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
- Providing programs & resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk
- Strengthening the Lebanese public’s knowledge about mental illness and suicide prevention
- Offering educational programs for professionals
How to sponsor our walk
Sponsors are needed to help fund the:
- Memorial Wall
- Breakfast refreshments & coffee
- Suicide Hotline
Into the Dawn Walk is generously sponsored by:
How to donate to Embrace
When you walk into the dawn, you join the effort to raise funds and awareness for Embrace’s vision to create a Lebanon without suicide.To donate go to: Become a Donor
“Survivors of suicide loss experience additional challenges. These include shame (which is reinforced by societal stigma about suicide), guilt over being unable to prevent the death, and a preoccupation with understanding why the death occurred. Survivors of suicide loss are likely to grieve longer and more intensely than other people…”
Tips to help survivors cope with suicide loss, from the Harvard Mental Health Letter, Nov. 2009