Registration for 6th Annual Be Aware Run / Walk for Suicide Prevention Now Open!

be-aware-2013On Saturday, October 18th, KnowResolve and the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families will once again join forces at Dakota High School for the 6th annual Be Aware 5k Run / Walk  for Suicide Prevention!

1 in 7 high school students seriously consider suicide. Please join us on this 5k walk /run to help raise funds and awareness for youth suicide prevention! Proceeds raised through this event support awareness and prevention programs offered locally through KnowResolve and the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families.

$25 registration fee includes event t-shirt. Bagels, fruit and refreshments provided. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers! Click below to register in advance.

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Spring Update and News

Dear friends,

It’s been a bit since I’ve posted an update so I wanted to let you know what’s been happening and what’s coming up, which is quite exciting! The school presentations have been in full swing for the season with lots of great feedback and participation from students and staff as the mission continues. In the past month I have presented to more than 2,800 students and counting. I hope your spring is off to a great start and to see you soon!

New Video: What Is Suicide?

Back in November I began working with some local students to develop a concept and script for a short video to be used both as a general PSA, and in conjunction with some classroom curriculum that we’re putting together. The curriculum will be available for free download through the website this year. The video is ready to view now though (see below), and we are very proud of it. I would like to thank Diana Conklin at L’Anse Creuse Middle School South and her coalition students (who appear in the video), Rosa Hough at L’Anse Creuse High School North and her Leadership students (who appear in the video), L’Anse Creuse High School North for allowing us to film the video on location, Rocquel Wallace at Boncidello Salon for assisting with make up, and Robb Conaway at RC Pop Art in Chicago for an amazing job filming and editing the video.

30 Day Raffle Fundraiser: Volunteers Needed

Our annual spring 30 day raffle is underway, and we are seeking volunteers to help us sell tickets. Tickets come in packs of 10, and sell for $10 each. Each ticket gets the buyer 30 chances to win $100 during the month of July based on the Michigan Daily 3 evening draw. Please contact me at if you would like to help us make this event a success! Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

April 26th and 27th: RPG Comedy Fundraiser

This weekend local comedy troupe RPG Comedy will be hosting their 3rd annual comedy show fundraiser for KnowResolve at The Box Theater in Mt. Clemens. Support some great local talent and suicide prevention all at once! Check out RPG Comedy on Facebook for event details:

May 3rd: 9th Annual MOM Race for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention

Our good friends at Mind Over Matter are hosting their 9th annual 5k to raise awareness and funds for local organizations including KnowResolve, Common Ground and the University of Michigan Depression Center. Last year MOM donated $10,000 to help support our mission and programs! The event will be held at Jaycee Park in Royal Oak on Saturday, May 3rd. Check out for more info and to register.

May 31st: Glam Meets Jam Rock and Roll Hair Show

Our friends at Boncidello Salon will be hosting a great event on Saturday, May 31st at the Detroit Pub in Clinton Township. The show will feature local bands, DJs, and models showcasing rock n’ roll hairstyles on the runway between sets. Proceeds will benefit KnowResolve, and a great time is sure to be had by all! Check out Boncidello’s Facebook page for event details and updates HERE

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Thanks to everyone who came out to support our 5th annual Be Aware 5k Run / Walk for Suicide Prevention!

dakota-laurendakota-fundraisersMore than 200 students and community members participated in the event despite the less than cooperative weather, raising more than $8,000 to support our suicide prevention programs for schools and programming for the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families!

Congratulations to our Top Finishers: Lauren Cassidy (24.03) and Gary Bahlman (25:07)!

Thank you and Congratulations to our Top Fundraisers:

  • 1st Place – Pearl Ervans $1,576.00
  • 2nd Place – Valerie Russell $1,380
  • 3rd Place – Kimberly DeMonaco $1,180

Special thanks to all of our event volunteers, Hanson’s, Kohl’s Chesterfield, Hungry Howie’s, Big Apple Bagels, Kroger, McDonald’s at Cass and Groesbeck, Stephanie Lange, Charlene McGunn, Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families,  Staff and Students at Dakota High School and Chippewa Valley High School and our 2013 Event Sponsors: Baker College and Oakland University-Macomb.

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Registration for 5th Annual Be Aware Walk / Run Now Open!

banner-activeClick HERE for more info and to register online for our 5th annual Be Aware 5k Walk / Run at Dakota High School for Youth Suicide Prevention!

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Save The Date!

On Saturday, November 23rd we will host our 7th annual Breaking The Silence Benefit for Suicide Prevention in Clinton Township to raise the funds that allow us to reach out to students and share a message of hope that save lives.

The evening will be a celebration of life and hope, and will feature live entertainment, dancing, raffles, door prizes, a silent auction, a full, plated dinner and an open bar. All proceeds raised through this event support our suicide prevention programs for area schools. Please join us in our fight to prevent youth suicides by supporting our 7th annual flagship fundraising event!

Additional info and advance ticket sales can be found HERE.

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The Year in Review – 2012

Based on national studies and surveys it is estimated that 1 in 25 teens have attempted suicide and 1 in 7 have seriously considered it. 

Because of your support, 2012 was a record setting year, both in terms of fundraising and in impact. 58 suicide prevention assemblies were provided to 27 schools reaching approximately 18,000 students!

At each KnowResolve assembly, students learned about facts, myths, risk factors and warning signs of suicidal behavior, what to do in crisis, available resources, and tips for coping with distress.

Walled Lake Central High SchoolSchools served in 2012: International Academy of Macomb • Utica Learning Academy • L’Anse Creuse High School North • Macomb Community College • Royal Oak High School • L’Anse Creuse Middle School Central • Lincoln High School • L’Anse Creuse Middle School South • North Star Academy • Goodrich High School • Walled Lake Northern • Yale High School • Chippewa Valley • Dakota • Midland High School • Bullock Creek High School • Beal City High School • Clare High School • St. Louis High School • Alma High School • Jefferson Middle School • Grand Valley State University • Warren Mott • Capac High School • Richmond High School • Almont High School • Walled Lake Western

Additional Accomplishments and Highlights:

April: A suicide prevention video and discussion guide was developed with L’Anse Creuse High School North staff and students and a school-wide suicide prevention dialogue was led by student volunteers in every classroom after the video was shown. More than 2,000 students learned the basics about suicide prevention in one morning.

Rock n' LocksMay: Metro37 studios hosted a “Rock and Locks” concert  and hair show fundraiser at Emerald Ballroom in Mt. Clemens, raising nearly $3000 to support our programs.



MOM Race 2012The Mind Over Matter family hosted their 7th annual MOM race for suicide prevention. It was their most successful year yet with nearly 700 participants! $8,000 was donated to KnowResolve to help support our programs.


Youth Empowers Awareness 5k WalkOur 3rd annual Youth Empowers Awareness Walk at L’Anse Creuse High School North drew more than 100 participants (including Sonic!) raising approximately $1,500.



Chrysler PresentationJune: I delivered my first corporate presentation to more than 400 employees at Chrysler’s World Headquarters in Auburn Hills. Attendees learned about risk factors, warning signs, what to do in crisis, available resources and tips for coping with distress; information that was relevant and essential for themselves, their co-workers, and their children at home.

5th Annual JayBob OpenAugust: The Jason Meyers Memorial Foundation hosted their 5th annual Jay-Bob open golf outing and donated $3,000 to support KnowResolve programs for schools in St. Clair County.

The KnowResolve Street Team launched a promotional video that they created for our first annual Video Contest in which we asked students to create short videos that promoted suicide prevention.

September: A three day trip up to Midland was organized and supported by Lori Apple at the Community Mental Health for Central Michigan and Jennifer Showers and Kayla Roy at Alma College Active Minds. Presentations were delivered to 6 high schools in the area, reaching more than 2,000 students in the Midland area.

Morning Sun ArticleMidland Daily New Article

4th Annual Be Aware WalkOctober: Our fourth annual Be Aware Walk for Suicide Prevention at Dakota High School was most successful ever drawing more than 250 participants who raised $10,000 to help support prevention programs by KnowResolve and The Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families.


6th Annual Breaking The SilenceNovember: Our 6th annual Breaking The Silence benefit dinner was also our most successful yet, with a sell-out crowd of more than 300 guests raising almost $30,000 to support our suicide prevention programs for local schools for 2013. Macomb Daily Article


Beal City High SchoolDecember: We headed back up to Beal City High School to present Mr. Fletcher and his 9th grade health class with a $500 check for winning our 2012 video contest at a school wide assembly where every student in the school watched the video that these amazing students created. Mr. Fletcher and his students generously donated $400 back to non-profits in their community, and $100 back to KnowResolve!

THANK YOU to our 2012 Board or Directors, Street Team, all of our donors, volunteers, supporters and event sponsors for making 2012 our best year yet! Our mission of preventing youth suicides is possible because of YOU!!!

2012 Event Sponsors and Major Donors:

Forget Me Not Thrift StoreWentworth and Associates

Mind Over MatterThrivent Financial

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Download and Print Our New Poster Today!

KnowResolve Poster 2013Print out as many as you like and cut along the dotted lines. Put them up at your school – in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, offices, etc. – or put them up at work in break rooms and bathrooms. Help us spread the word and let people know that suicide is NOT an option!

Click HERE to download and print.

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Update: 6th Annual Breaking The Silence benefit a huge success (and a GREAT night)!

THANK YOU to all who joined us, performed, volunteered, or made a donation to support our 6th annual Breaking The Silence benefit for suicide prevention on Saturday, November 17th!

We had a full house with over 300 guests and raised close to $30,000 to support our suicide prevention programs for local schools. Our mission of preventing youth suicides continues as we will be able to provide 30 school assemblies free of charge in 2013 thanks to your generosity and support!

Breaking The Silence 2012


Forget Me Not Thrift StoreWentworth and Associates








Special thanks to: Dave Santia (The Art of Rock and Roll), Break The Rules, Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio, BTW Photography, M. Chandler Photography, Charles Wickens, Take 2 Authentics, Unreal Candy, Commercial Graphics, and the Mirage Banquet Hall.

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1 in 7 high school students seriously consider suicide. YOU can help make a difference by creating a short video (known as a PSA, or, public service announcement) to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

This is YOUR opportunity to reach out to those who are contemplating suicide and suffering in silence.

Instructions and guidelines for creating and submitting your video are below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at  

KnowResolve Teen Suicide Prevention PSA Contest Guidelines:

  • Video should be NO longer than 3 minutes in length.
  • Video should not contain profanity or nudity.
  • Video should not glamorize suicide.
  • Video should follow YouTube’s copyright tips
  • Video MUST include one (or more) of the following stats:
    • Suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death for youth ages 15 to 24
    • 1 in 7 high school students seriously consider suicide
    • Every 15 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies by suicide
  • Video MUST include the following:
    • Our URL (
    • Our logo (download HERE - logo is white, PNG format, transparent bkgrd)
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline #: 1-800-273-8255

Here are some concepts / themes to consider:
(these are just ideas, feel free to let your creative vision shine) 

  • Never keep thoughts of suicide a secret
  • You are not alone
  • Speak up. Reach out. Never Give up.


Instructions for submitting your video:

  1. Upload your video to your YouTube account
  2. Email the link to us at

Your video will be reviewed, and if all the guidelines have been met, we’ll share it on our website and Facebook page.

The 5 videos with the most views by Friday, November 2nd will be reviewed by our Youth Advisory Council. They will choose their favorite video and the winner will receive $500 cash!

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Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Fall Events!

Call to Conversation: The Connection Between Bullying and Suicide

4th Annual Be Aware Walk for Suicide Prevention

6th Annual Breaking The Silence Benefit

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