Our founder, BJ Ayers (who we all affectionately refer to as "ma") was recently invited to be involved in the Giving Voice: A Wyoming Listening Project- Laramie Ignite Project - And here it is!
She was asked: "What would you say if you only had five minutes?"
Her response? "We Will Not Go Quietly"
Also included is a segment from Mara Cosgrove, a student and soccer player at UW, who had a career-ending injury while on scholarship to the university. Her presentation was very memorable.
Teens and young adults who suffer from mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many don’t know what’s wrong with them but feel like it’s their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they can’t be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what they’re going through. But help is available, and it works. ok2talk.org
This project was sponsored by Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation, in partnership with Laramie County School District #1, Safe and Drug Free Schools Division; Stop Suicide Cheyenne; Taco John's Intl.; Wyoming Department of Health and the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming; Wyoming Behavorial Institute and The Jason Foundation, and Rascal Flatts. We'd also like to thank Lucy Bowman of Barnhart Communications
A Special Thank You to First Lady Carol Mead for her time and support of suicide awareness and education in Wyoming; and a very special thanks to Mr. Kevin Olson, instructor, and Alexandra Oraharats and John Ducharme, Central High Video Production, for their assistance in making this video."
Golf for Grace Tournament Saturday, August 10th, 2013
Walk for Grace is on Sunday the 11th this year!
More than 38,000* people in the United States die by suicide every year.
*The latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 38,364 suicide deaths were reported in the U.S. in 2010.
Mission:Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation is an educational organization, dedicated to the advocacy of suicide prevention through awareness and education. The Foundation will provide resource information and assistance to those who are in crisis, or who know someone in crisis. In addition, we will provide support and resources to survivors - those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
If you are in crisis now or know someone who is in crisis please utilize these Steps of Grace to find help and solutions:
If You Know Someone Who Is In Crisis
If You Are In Crisis
Take A StepForward
Take A Step Back
Get involved. Start by telling the person you are concerned and tell them why.
Getting help is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength.
Recognize the signs of someone who is suicidal.
Realize you're not alone; there are people who care about you and want to help.
Availability of means. Remove any firearms, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used for suicide.
Avoid alcohol, drugs and other methods of self-medication, especially if you are in crisis.
Core symptoms of major depressions are a "down" or depressed mood for more than two(2) weeks.
Contact a friend, family member, teacher, or clergy who can be with you in this crisis.
Encourage the person to see a counselor, physician or a mental health professional immediately.
Everyone's recovery is different. Don't give up. With help comes hope.
Suicide is Preventable. Please join us as we begin our journey. Together, we can help in the fight against suicide -
“MAKING A DIFFERENCE, ONE LIFE AT A TIME”
For Suicide Prevention and Survivor Resources in Your State:
The SPRC state contacts are available for suicide prevention program questions, but not crisis calls. If you are thinking of hurting yourself, or if you are concerned that someone else may be suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Wyoming Department of Health, Suicide Prevention Resources:
PREVENTION MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION OF WYOMING
Prevention Management Organization (PMO) of Wyoming - a resource for all Wyoming prevention related information and support. The PMO is funded through the Wyoming Department of Health, Chronic Disease and Substance Abuse Prevention Unit, to provide communities with the resources, tools and support they need to achieve their prevention goals.
Stop Suicide Cheyenne
(formerly Laramie County Suicide Prevention Coalition):