James Burns, Finding the Light Within
About the Project
"The rate of suicide attempts among public high school students in Philadelphia is almost twice the national average – 12.9 percent versus 6.9 percent, respectively. Particularly troubling is the rate of suicide attempts among African American youth (12.1 percent) which is up to twice that of comparable cities, such as New York (6.5 percent), Baltimore (7.8 percent) or Detroit (9.9 percent), according to a 2009 study by Temple University’s College of Health Professions and Social Work.
"Mural Arts has partnered with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to combat this tragic social phenomenon."
Lifeline to suicide-prone victims in the turbulence of life
Mourners and helpers with a suicide victims quilt, perhaps inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt