|The Maui Comedy Festival is honored to announce that it has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In addition to donating a portion of all event proceeds to the AFSP, the Festival hopes to provide a new platform for continuing the dialog surrounding suicide and depression. |
The funds provided to AFSP through this partnership will go toward advancing research efforts, creating new educational programs, enhancing advocacy and public policy initiatives, and supporting survivors of suicide loss. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, NY, AFSP has 67 local chapters across 39 states and the District of Columbia, as well as dozens of events held annually nationwide.
According to the CDC, each year in the United States, suicide claims nearly 40,000 lives – more than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 13.3 minutes. In the first decade of the millennium, the suicide rate among U.S. adults rose 28 percent.
The producers of the Maui Comedy Festival recognize that mental illness and suicide disproportionately affect the comedy community and has been responsible for taking some of the greatest comedic souls far too early. The decision by festival producers to align with an organization dedicated to addressing this topic was one that was only further galvanized by the recent tragic loss of Mr. Robin Williams.
"We realize that the union of comedy and suicide may seem a bit discordant at first, but we hope people see the obvious connection, remember those we have lost and find it easier to have a conversation and seek help that may save a life." added Paul Chamberlain, Founder & Executive Producer of the Maui Comedy Festival.
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