Race To Stop Suicide


Our Cause

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 “Race To Stop Suicide”, a philanthropic initiative driven by Daniel Dye Racing and other community partners. The “Race to Stop Suicide” cause connects at-risk teens with mental health resources in our community. The message is simple: Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, RTSS Race to Stop Suicide can prevent suicides and save lives.

“Suicide affects all ages. Nationally, it is the second leading cause of death for people 10-34 years of age, the fourth leading cause among people 35-54 years of age and the eighth leading cause among people between the ages of 55 and 64. Here, in the Volusia-Flagler area, suicide rates are well above the state average. It’s clear we have a serious crisis taking place that we need to address,” explains James Terry, service line administrator for child and adolescent behavioral services at Halifax Health. He adds, “Halifax Health’s Connect 4 Hope initiative will hopefully assist in raising awareness of this crisis and providing our community with the resources necessary to prevent suicide.”

With the assistance of community partners SMA Healthcare; Randy Dye, owner of Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram & FIAT; Mission 22 and Volusia County Schools, Halifax Health has launched the Connect 4 Hope initiative which is committed to suicide prevention through community programs and events, and making educational tools and resources easily available to all ages – children, adolescents and adults.

Halifax Health and Race to Stop Suicide

Real Talk. With the Right Resources. For the Race to Stop Suicide.

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For example, people who have experienced violence, including child abuse, bullying, or sexual violence have a higher suicide risk.

We Can All Take Action

Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.

Hope can happen

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.


Many factors increase the risk for suicide or protect against it. Suicide is connected to other forms of injury and violence.

Crisis Centers

By offering immediate counseling to everyone that may need it, local crisis centers provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.

Mental Health

Suicide is a serious public health problem that has lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience.


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Suicide is the act of intentionally taking one's own life. Suicide may be caused by a number of factors, including mental illness, financial difficulties, relationship problems, and substance abuse. Suicide is a serious problem that can have a profound impact on family, friends, and communities. Suicide is preventable, and there are many resources available to help those at risk. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out for help. Call or Text 988 Right Away!

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. People die by suicide for a number of reasons. A suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person’s life. The majority of people who take their lives (estimated at 90 percent) were suffering with an underlying mental illness and substance abuse problem at the time of their death. No matter the race or age of the person, how rich or poor they are, it is true that most people who die by suicide have a mental illness, emotional disorder and/or chemical dependency. The most common underlying disorder is depression, with an estimated 60 percent of suicides were by people suffering from depression. However, it is very important to remember that the vast majority of people living with depression do not attempt or die by suicide.

Call 911 for all emergencies

If someone you know is expressing suicidal thoughts, it is important to take them seriously and seek professional help as soon as possible. Suicide is often the result of untreated mental illness, and most people who die by suicide do not actually want to die; they just want the pain to stop. If you are worried about someone you know, there are several things you can do to help. First, try to have an open and honest conversation with the person about their thoughts and feelings. Second, offer your support and let them know that you are there for them. Finally, encourage them to seek professional help, either through therapy or a crisis hotline. Text or Dial 988 right away!

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