New Teen Suicide Prevention Education Fund
“Someone spoke at my school today. ...I told my mom I’ve been feeling depressed and having thoughts of suicide. I need someone to talk to. Can you help me?”
Philanthropist Mary Jane O’Neill envisions a future in which our community is free from the heartbreak of suicide. Too many local lives have been tragically effected because an area teenager believed their only pathway out of pain and suffering was to end their own life.
The Community Foundation understands that Mary Jane’s dedication to this cause is not just a passing interest and we share her vision. Foundation staff found a way to help make sure that limited funding doesn’t stop our local young people from getting the help they need to grow healthier each year.
In June of 2016, The Community Foundation helped Mary Jane establish the permanently endowed Mental Health America of Fredericksburg Suicide Prevention Education Fund. This fund directly supports Mental Health America's work to teach teens and others how to recognize the signs of suicide, and empowers them to take action and support family members and friends. Through this new fund, Mental Health America can foster positive mental health and help those in need to access mental health treatment -- now and for years to come.
“Through the program at my school, I realized that I wasn’t alone. That someone does care and that maybe I needed to talk with someone who I trust about what I was feeling.”
Anyone interested in making a contribution to this cause may donate online at www.cfrrr.org or mail a check, made payable to:
The Community Foundation, PO Box 208, Fredericksburg, VA 22404.
(Please include The Mental Health America Fund in your memo.)
If you know anyone who may be in a mental health crises or at-risk, please contact MHA’s Helpline at 540-371-2704.