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Out of the Darkness Bergen County Walk

Raising Awareness of Suicide Prevention



Saddle Brook, NJ—Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of over 47,000 people in 2017.  What’s more is an estimated 1,400,000 people attempt suicide each year. Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 15.58.52

Suicide among veterinarians, specifically, has become a growing problem. In fact, veterinarians are up to 3.5 times more likelyto die by suicide than other Americans. Over the last 30 years, research has consistently shown that vets are at significantly higher risk of suicide than the general population, owing to a mix of factors that include occupational stress, depression, and “burnout syndrome.”

BluePearl, a national provider of emergency and specialty veterinary services, with 76 hospitals in 24 states, hopes to help lower these numbers by participating in over 20 Out of the Darkness Community Walks nationwide. By walking in the Out of the Darkness Walks, BluePearl vets and technicians join efforts with over 400 communities in raising awareness and funds that support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in its fight to end suicide.

Event Details

When: October 20, 2019 –Walk begins 10:20 am/ends 12:30 pm

Where: Saddle River County Park - Otto C Pehle - Saddle Brook, NJ

Who: Media is invited to join in on the day’s event and/or interview a participating veterinarian or technician.

Why: Spreading the word will help AFSP reach its set goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

If you would like to learn more about veterinary suicide, speak with a veterinary social worker, veterinarian, or team captain, and/or to attend the event, please contact Laura Fourniotis, Media Relations Specialist (

About BluePearl

BluePearl is a national provider of emergency and specialty veterinary services such as cardiology, neurology and oncology. BluePearl has 76 hospitals in 24 states across the country that combine advanced veterinary medicine with compassion and respect for patients and their families. BluePearl’s clinicians use innovative procedures, high-tech equipment and the latest treatment methods to provide remarkable care for pets. Learn more at