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.
Schools 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.
May: 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.
The 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.
June: 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.
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.
October: 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.
November: 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
December: 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: