OUR MISSION STATEMENT

NEED

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people (10-34 years old)1 and suicide rates are rising. In fact, suicide rates have increased almost 60% in 10 years (for ages 10-24)2. Since the beginning of the pandemic, suicide attempts among teens have increased significantly.3 Research has shown that promoting connectedness—between people and within communities—creates a sense of belonging, which can be protective against suicide.4

 

WHO WE ARE

We are parents, siblings, neighbors and friends that are driven to support our loved ones who are secretly struggling. We will not be quiet when it comes to mental health simply because it is uncomfortable — the cost of silence is too high. We believe that connection is the cure and we know that encouraging those connections takes work. We will speak loudly and with passion as we reach out and provide support to those who are at risk of suicide.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

We are parents, siblings, neighbors and friends that are driven to support our loved ones who are secretly struggling. We will not be quiet when it comes to mental health simply because it is uncomfortable — the cost of silence is too high. We believe that connection is the cure and we know that encouraging those connections takes work. We will speak loudly and with passion as we reach out and provide support to those who are at risk of suicide.

EVENT OUTCOMES

Connection is the Cure events will connect people to people and people to resources. The tangible outcomes we hope to see from our events are as follows:

  1. Normalize and encourage ongoing conversations about mental health and suicide prevention within homes, schools, churches, and throughout the community.

  2. Equip people (particularly teens) with suicide prevention strategies, on both the individual-level and support-level.

  3. Introduce and connect people with the mental health and suicide prevention resources that are available throughout the community.

SOURCES:

1 10 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group, United States – 2018. National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/pdf/ leading_causes_of_death_by_age_group_2018-508.pdf

2 Curtin SC. State suicide rates among adolescents and young adults aged 10–24: United States, 2000–2018. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 69 no 11. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr69/NVSR-69-11-508.pdf

3 Yard E, Radhakrishnan L, Ballesteros MF, et al. Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts Among Persons Aged 12–25 Years Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, January 2019–May 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:888–894. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7024e1.htm

4 Stone, D.M., Holland, K.M., Bartholow, B., Crosby, A.E., Davis, S., and Wilkins, N. (2017). Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policies, Programs, and Practices. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/suicidetechnicalpackage.pdf

In Memory of Robert Sage Dilgard (1986-2021). He fought a rigorous battle with mental illness and addiction, which causes so much heartache and pain for the individual and for those who love them. Robert was fond of the saying: “Today let us have compassion and allow other their limitations without judgment.” With this as our guiding principle, we will honor his legacy by encouraging anyone who is suffering, mentally or emotionally, to get help.