Sources of Strength: A Suicide Prevention Initiative

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With the recent airing of 2015’s Oscars, there were the usual glittery designer gowns, the banter and the staple celebrities, but the conversation shifted several times towards the issue of Suicide Prevention.

Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game” at Sunday’s Oscars:

“I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here,” he said. “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.”

–Graham Moore, winner Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game”

Also, during her Oscar acceptance speech last night, Dana Perry mentioned that “we need to talk about suicide out loud.” Perry spoke, to halted acceptance speech music, about her son, Evan, who tragically committed suicide when he was just 15.

With these speeches fresh in the headlines, they have sparked a continued conversation about Suicide Prevention among teens. In the attached NPR article posted just this morning, February 25th, 2015, one such initiative is highlighted with a great message and great program for teens and high school students.

Read more here: Preventing Suicide with a ‘Contagion of Strength’ 

(Above photo taken from NPR.org’s version of the article)

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How To Make A Man: Esquire’s Mentoring Initiative

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While attending the National Mentoring Summit during the last week of January, I had the privilege of attending a Plenary Session where David M. Granger, Editor in Chief of Esquire, spoke about the 2006 article, “How to Make a Man,” that sparked an initiative to mentor men across the nation.

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Esquire has since launched a site with videos (like the one above), celebrity appearances and a Call to Action to inspire men to mentor. They do so with a humorous ad campaign, sometimes “gritty” language, and a down-to-earth approach to helping create strong, capable young men and foster their growth.

Please view episodes of “How to Make a Man” below:

http://tv.esquire.com/shows/how-to-make-a-man

Read more here:

http://mentoring.esquire.com/

ReMoved Raises Foster Care Awareness

removed300Below is a link to a short film that many of you may be interested in. Many are hailing it to depict what a stressful journey it can be to be part of the child welfare system through the eyes of a young girl. We can never walk in anyone else’s shoes but this may give us some insight into the childhood experiences of some of the youth in the program.

http://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/reviews-commentary/removed-raises-foster-care-awareness/