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August 20, 2005

Suicide Prevention Walk

Saturday, September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, Jeff Alt, author of A Hike For Mike, and his wife, Beth will lead a "Hike to the Hill," to Capitol Hill to bring attention to-and help prevent-the national and global suicide epidemic. They want to stop the 31,000 American deaths each year to suicide and help the 19 million Americans suffering from depression.

(PRWEB) August 19, 2005 -- Saturday, September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, from 10a.m.-12p.m., Jeff Alt, author of A Hike For Mike, and his wife, Beth will lead a "Hike to the Hill," from Freedom Plaza (across from the White House) to Capitol Hill. This event is sponsored by the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) to bring attention to—and help prevent—the national and global suicide epidemic. After losing a brother (Mike) to suicide, these hikers learned that Mike’s suicide might have been prevented by treating his depression (Most suicides are attributed to untreated depression). No one knew Mike was depressed. These hikers decided to climb every mountain—and hill—necessary to make the symptoms and treatment options of depression common knowledge. The Alt’s walked the Sierra Nevada John Muir Trail as a depression awareness campaign and now they have taken their journey to Capitol Hill. They want to stop the 31,000 American deaths each year to suicide and help the 19 million Americans suffering from depression.

Alt can share with your audience:

* How one family chose a proactive way to cope with the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide. 180,000 family members experience the loss of someone to suicide each year.

* How every family can learn to detect symptoms of depression. With plenty of treatment options and professionals to treat mental illness, the issue is awareness and educating everyone on what to look for and how they can help.

* How taking a hike can help the healing process. Doctors agree that exercise is beneficial both physically and mentally. Taking a stress free break from cell phones, road raged traffic, e-mail, and a work load can be very soothing. Although hiking is not for everyone, experiencing the wonders of our national parks can be healing.

Jeff Alt, author of the award-winning A Walk For Sunshine, has been an expert hiking commentator for ESPN’s Inside America’s National Parks and his adventures have been widely featured in media across the country. More about Jeff (http://www.awalkforsunshine.com/jeffaltmedia.htm).

Jeff Alt, is sequencing the release of his second book, A Hike For Mike, with “Hike to the Hill” to help bring awareness to this important cause. After losing a brother to suicide, Jeff Alt, and his wife trekked the 218-mile John Muir Trail to create awareness of the deadly outcome of untreated depression. Their adventure is recounted in A Hike For Mike: An Uplifting Adventure Across the Sierra Nevada for Depression Awareness (ISBN: 0-9679482-1-5, $14.95). A Hike For Mike takes you vicariously along the Alts’ journey. This heartwarming, humbling, humorous, true-life adventure story personifies perseverance, and models ways of overcoming adversity. After leading a Hike to Capitol Hill, Alt will then hike to the Barnes & Noble Booksellers (555 12th St. NW, Washington DC; 202-347-0176), at 2:30p.m. where he will sign the first publicly available copies of A Hike For Mike, kicking off his book’s national release.

“...written with clarity, precision, compassion, and an incredible respect for life…”—Jerry Reed, Executive Director, Suicide Prevention Action Network USA, from the book’s foreword.

“...Alt’s conversational writing style makes one feel like a participant rather than an observer…”—Library Journal.

“Hike to the Hill” is part of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA’s (SPAN USA) Annual National Awareness Event (NAE). SPAN USA is a national nonprofit organization with the largest grassroots advocacy network of suicide survivors in the United States. For “Hike to the Hill” Details, to schedule an interview, or get a quote from SPAN USA, please contact Allison Gilmore at (202) 775-1401 or e-mail protected from spam bots.

To request a review copy of A Hike For Mike, arrange an interview with Jeff Alt, or any additional information, please contact: Kate Bandos, 800-304-3269, e-mail protected from spam bots, Fax: 616-676-0759.

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