how running helped a Building super find a way to make a difference

Happy Friday!

I am writing on behalf of a resident manager, Mr. Joseph Hill, whose close friend and mentor recently passed away. This person who passed had also been a resident manager with an endless well of generosity. He was experienced in his craft, loved teaching others and had a passion for the superintendent trade. Last year, under the pressures of work and the stresses brought on by the pandemic, he took his own life.

In the U.S., a suicide occurs once every 11 minutes. There can be many reasons for taking this tragic decision. Being a resident manager, doorman, handyman or porter can cause stresses that bring us to the edge. Hours can be long. Problems at home can seep into our work life.

Sometimes, we may feel that suicide is the only solution. For those who feel that they’ve reached this tipping point and are looking for help, there may be concerns or fears about the stigma associated with suicide. This can create hesitation about sharing these feelings with others who may be able to help, until it’s too late.

But, there are lifelines out there. Solace House is one of them.

Solace House (https://solacehouseusa.org/) is a non-profit organization that “provides free, confidential, therapeutic counseling for anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or suicidal distress, as well as those who engage in self-harm, or have been bereaved by suicide.” Help is carried out confidentially by trained professionals. Best of all, it’s free.

In memory and honor of his friend and mentor, Mr. Hill is running this year’s NYC 26.2 mile marathon as a charity runner for the Solace House. All donations Mr. Hill receives go directly to Solace House to promote awareness and prevent suicide.

I’m grateful that there are organizations like Solace House out there. Life can be tough and I’ve had my own bouts with depression. Even when you recognize that someone else needs help, whether it’s a loved one or a colleague at work, it’s not easy to know what to do. Places like Solace House do. And they remind us to look out for each other.

Please donate. You can do so by clicking here.

Have a great weekend and talk to you soon!

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