Robbie's Hope

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Robbie’s Hope was established to provide support to our local resources in an effort to broaden and deepen the awareness of depression and suicide prevention in our local schools.

Robbie was 15 years old and a Sophomore at Lakewood High School. He was a great student excelling in all his classes, especially Math. Robbie was at home in the pool or on the courts playing the two sports he loved deeply, Swimming and Tennis. Surrounded by his friends at meets and at matches he was full of joy. Robbie brought so much joy and happiness to those around him. The past two summers he taught young golfers through First Tee of Denver and young swimmers at Rolling Hills Country Club. Seeing his students success always brought a smile to his face and when they failed his compassion shown through and gave them hope. This past week he was talking about what he wanted to study in college and researching cars for when he got his driver’s license in January. Robbie will always be remembered for his grace, kindness to others, wit and joyful presence. He was always looking out for others and putting them before himself.

Despite his gift of bringing love and joy to others Robbie was suffering in the darkness, battling privately with incredible pain. He succumbed to the silent illness of depression and took his own life on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

This fund is being managed by Jason & Kari Eckert, parents of Robbie and Co-Chairperson for Robbie’s Hope Foundation, a newly formed 501(c)(3) based in Colorado. Funds will dispersed to Robbie’s Hope and used for Student Outreach Activities, Teen Depression and Teen Suicide Education, and Operating Expenses.

If you are suffering from depression or need support please reach out immediately to:
Jefferson Center for Mental Health: 303-425-0300 or jcmh.org
Colorado Crisis Service: 844-493-8255 or coloradocrisisservices.org

If you have a concern about others and want to get them help please call 877-542-7233 or report online at safe2tell.org.
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We are excited to share that 9News in Denver, CO will be running a special 2 part segment on Robbie’s Hope. The first segment is tonight (Tuesday, Oct 30th) at 10 pm. The second segment is tomorrow at 4 & 9 pm (times tentative). You can watch online or via their YouTube channel.

Please consider watching these segments as a family and Start the Conversation.

https://www.9news.com/mobile/article/news/local/robbies-hope-parents-want-sons-life-to-be-a-catalyst-for-suicide-awareness/73-609316938
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Tonight Robbie's Hope was activated with our Student Kick-off meeting. 134 students from 11 schools in Jefferson County, CO attended. The night was filled with frank discussion on why conversations about depression and teen suicide do not happen and brainstorming around strategies of how to make a difference.

These students were AMAZING and this is just the beginning. Work now begins across 6 different working groups as we continue to develop our strategies and tactics.

More importantly people are talking! Students talking to students, students talking to parents, parents talking to parents.

Change has started.

Follow updates on:

Instagram: robbieshope1
Facebook: robbieshope2018
robbieshope@outlook.com
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Denver Area Teens . . .

We are having our Kickoff Meeting for Robbie's Hope this coming Monday. Find the details on Instagram at robbieshope1.

Not on Instagram? Go to Facebook at robbieshope2018.

Middle/High School & College age students only.

We hope to see you there.
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