The world lost Hayden Hunstable to suicide in the middle of the mandated stay-at-home orders on April 17th, just 4 days before his 13th birthday. Hayden did not struggle with depression nor did he have a history of mental health problems. He was a normal healthy and happy kid who was unprepared for social isolation. His parents attribute Hayden’s emotional suffering to a “perfect storm of routine disruption, social isolation, increased gaming, and a pressure stack of activity cancellations,” all created by the government’s mandated stay-at-home orders in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Hayden’s dad, Brad Hunstable, posted a heartbreaking video two days after burying his son and spoke of an “emotional bubble” that he believed was about to burst in America. His video hit home with parents all over the world, immediately going viral, and amassed more than 50 million views with countless comments.
Hayden’s family founded “Hayden’s Corner” in order to organize and fund a strategic communication campaign that will produce high-impact PSA’s (public service announcements) and curriculum resources that provide parents and educators with the life-saving skills needed to survive this new world of social distancing and isolation.
We have initiated a fundraising goal of $100,000 to invest in the production, media spending, and media partnerships needed to begin this movement. Your donation gives Hayden's Corner the ability to make our voice and message louder through advertising mediums that parallel our continued efforts to partners with other non-profits addressing suicide.
Contribute to our cause and help educate our fellow families.
Hayden's dad's video has been viewed over 50 MILLION times across Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Watch it here:
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