Doria Ragland is showing her support for a good cause.
Ragland, the mother of the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out to participate in the 21st Annual Alive and Running 5k for Suicide Prevention in Los Angeles on Sunday.
According to the event’s website, Alive & Running is an annual race that “remembers loved ones lost to suicide while raising funds and awareness for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.”
The event raised an impressive $464,081 for Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.
The 63-year-old joins daughter Meghan Markle and son-in-law Prince Harry in advocating for mental health, most recently during their royal tour of Africa.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chatted with reporters about the importance of mental health resources during their visit with Waves for Change, an organization that provides aid to youths who suffer from mental health through surfing.
“No matter where you are in the world, if you’re a small community or a township, if you’re in a big city, everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing,” Markle said. “Globally I think there’s a bit of a consciousness crisis, and so the fact we’re able to be here together to see on the ground so much good work that’s being done, just because people are willing to talk to each other about it and someone’s willing to listen, is huge. We’re all sort of trying to power through and find some optimism.”
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Day two of #SussexRoyalTour is underway, and The Duke and Duchess have joined young South Africans and @WavesForChange to focus on mental health and take part in ‘surf therapy’. • Hundreds of young people from Cape Town’s townships meet every week at Monwabisi beach to surf, but also share stories with mentors and talk through the daily challenges they face. Their Royal Highnesses were able to hear how the sessions are building trust, confidence, and belonging, and they also got to join in as children took part in ‘power hand’, which teaches them how to keep calm down reflect on strengths. While on the beach The Duke and Duchess met @TheLunchBoxFund – which was one of the charities they nominated to benefit from donations following the birth of their son, Archie. Almost 30,000 meals are provided by the charity every day across South Africa, including for three @WavesForChange projects. And before they left The Duke and Duchess joined the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) – which was teaching the surfers about the impact of plastic waste on the ocean. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos EMPICS / PA images / SussexRoyal
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.