As I write this, a young 26-year-old man from Lake Stevens named Austin Johnson, is running a 2.5-mile loop on the Centennial Trail, for 24 hours straight!  He is doing this as a fundraiser for suicide prevention.  You can view all the details at his Go Fund Me page at  You can donate to this cause and learn more about his effort at this link.

Here is an overview:

The facts:

-Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

-Mental health issues, depression and anxiety are on the rise due to the lasting effects of COVID19.

-In Japan, more people committed suicide in the month of October than there were deaths from COVID in all of 2020.

-White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2018.

-In 2018 Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.

-In 2018 there were more than two and a half times as many suicides (48,344) in the United States as there were homicides (18,830).

-Suicide rates have climbed every year in the United States since 1999, increasing 35 percent in the past two decades.

-During this global pandemic we have seen a rise in alcohol consumption, anxiety, depression, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder and drug use. All of which put an individual with a mental health disorder at an elevated risk of suicide.

-74.9% of young adults 18-24 are dealing with one or more mental health disorders or drug abuse.

-Adults 25-44 are at over 50%.

Please support this young man’s effort.

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience. She is currently the Editor of the Everett Post dedicated to providing current, relevant, and entertaining content for the local community.