Restoring Hope/Inspiring Action

$1,090 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 22 people in 26 months
Sherry Bryant
for Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry Corporation

November 10 is Veteran's Day.  Over 20 veteran/military men and women die by suicide each

day!    We need faith communities to address this and develop programs, church bulletins, personal outreach, prayers, etc. to reach those who struggle.  Help us to help them by donating a one time gift of $20 in honor of these brave people!

I have been working in the suicide prevention movement for 23 years since my wonderful, beloved son, Todd, died by suicide Christmas of 1993.  Even though I was a master's level social worker at the time, I did not have one course in crisis intervention or suicide prevention! I vowed to do what I could to see that all persons are educated about prevention and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. 

I  worked first on a volunteer national level to initiate and found the National Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan, then statewide to form the Illinois Suicide Prevention Coalition.  Both of these efforts live on today and have blossomed into accomplishing many achievements that truly save lives and offer hope to those who have lost it.

But I became keenly aware in the last 5 years that the last frontier of stigma was faith communities.  I have now dedicated my time to reducing stigma, offering training and public health education to congregants and supporting clergy in their efforts to reach out to those who despair.  

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Today is #GivingTuesday. Your donation will ensure that those in despair can connect with their faith based communities to find education, training, outreach and comfort in their struggles with mental illness and suicidal despair. See: www.suicidepreventionministry.org for more inforamtion and how to participate and donate.
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Over 20 veterans/military men and women EACH DAY die of suicide! We are losing our best and bravest! November 10 is Veterans' Day. Let's celebrate it by donating SPM's mission to reduce stigma and increase connections between each other, something that faith communities are best at doing!

The new 'reformation' in 2017 can begin by erasing the stigma of suicide prevention and mental illness by talking openly about problems, solutions, and treatment.

By hiding this discussion or avoiding it, we make sure that people cannot reach out for help, Instead those who suffer from emotional pain feel ashamed to admit vulnerability and talk to friends and family.

Remember "Suicide happens when pain exceeds the resources for dealing with pain."
Daniel Weiss' family grieve his suicide.
Be there for others!
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$1,090 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 22 people in 26 months
Created October 4, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry Corporation
Certified Charity
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Naperville, IL
EIN: 474186544
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Paige Jordan
12 months ago

In memory of Trevin Steede. I wish we could've helped you.

Anna Strazzante
25 months ago

Together we can all make a difference.

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