Rockford HOPE supporters are a PASSIONATE group of individuals, all with a story to tell of how mental health and suicide have impacted our lives. One member, a 38-year-old Rockford mom of three young girls says,
“I lost my boyfriend to suicide when I was 19 years old and being a part of Rockford HOPE has given me the opportunity to give back and help in any way that I can. Eighteen years later, I can’t change what happened but I can help change the stigma associated with mental health and bring awareness to suicide prevention. I don’t want anyone to have to go through this. These kids need to know they are not alone and that it’s okay to talk about their mental health with their family, teachers, and peers without the fear of any stigma associated with it.”
Rockford will be a suicide-free community.
Rockford HOPE exists to reduce suicide attempts and suicide deaths through a commitment to suicide prevention and education strategies.
Rockford HOPE recognizes that:
Suicide affects all members of a community and requires everyone working collaboratively to make changes and save lives.
- As a community, we feel a responsibility to our most vulnerable community members – children.
- Removing stigma, reducing risk and increasing community support and advocacy for suicide prevention and mental health awareness are the key components of our plan.
- Providing support for existing community suicide prevention and mental health efforts is integral to our mission.
Not sure how you fit in? Here are some ideas:
- collaborate on ways to increase mental health awareness in our community
- write/edit articles and press releases
- plan an educational meeting
- design flyers and compose emails
- update Facebook page (Rockford HOPE group)
- contribute to website development
- staff a table at the Rockford EXPO or RPS Developing Healthy Kids series
- network with local contacts and mental health organizations to gather materials
- join TEAM ROCKFORD HOPE in various suicide prevention walks