Families FIGHTING to save others

These families have dedicated themselves and their lives

to their remarkable children. 

With their dedication, research & passion to help others, lives will be saved.

Madison Holleran was a 2013 HS graduate of Northern Highlands, where she excelled in academics as well as being arguably north Jersey’s top female athlete… She was incredibly popular, her classmates say, mainly because she was always quick with a smile and was genuinely personable… One of Madison’s classmates told a story where he was held back in the 1st grade, then had to deal with kids making fun of him. He had new 1st grade classmates, and every day he said he had to pass this bunch of girls in the morning and he said they would always laugh at him… He said one day Madison came up and told the girls to stop. And he said these girls never made fun of him again. He said he was surprised to see Madison do that. They remained best friends throughout school… “This is all you need to know about Madison Holleran.” 

On 1/17/14, Madison Holleran took her own life in Philadelphia. She was 19 years old.

Welcome to The Brian T. Dagle Memorial Foundation. We are sorry for your loss but so glad you have found us. Our foundation was created out of the love for our son Brian, a love that will never end.In the early weeks and months after Brian’s death, I was searching for a way to survive his devastating loss. I sought out others who knew my grief and sadly I discovered there were many who were also grieving the loss of a loved one or something important in their life. They shared their losses and listened to my loss. I was no longer alone in my grief. Sharing our stories together offered comfort and the healing slowly began.The mission of the Brian T. Dagle Memorial Foundation is to offer healing, hope and support to anyone who is suffering from a loss in life. Know you are not alone in your journey. We offer to walk with and support you on the path as you carry the boulder of grief and loss.Wishing you moments of peace-AnnPresident and Co-founder ofThe Brian T. Dagle Memorial Foundation

We have struggled to cope with the loss of our son, brother, nephew, and friend Nathaniel Field who died by suicide in April 2015. Nathan was an outstanding student in his junior year at Haddam-Killingworth High School. He was involved in numerous school clubs and activities, and participated in tennis and indoor track. He was witty, modest, and a good son and brother. We never had any reason to suspect that he was struggling.

 

We have created the Nathaniel B. Field Memorial Foundation, Inc. in an effort to turn a devastating event into a force for positive change. Our charitable foundation,which became a 501c3 public charity last September, has short and long term goals. We are pleased to announce that we have reached one of our short term goals on June 1, 2016, when we awarded five academic scholarships in Nathan’s memory to his senior classmates at Haddam-Killingworth High School.

In addition to annual academic scholarships, another goal is to prevent suicide by funding a variety of public awareness and educational activities in our local schools and communities.  Finally, a long term goal is related to the tremendous need for support groups to assist survivors by providing hope and the knowledge that they are not alone. Luckily we found a Suicide Survivors support group that has helped us tremendously in regaining some degree of normalcy in our lives. Sadly, many families are confronted with similar circumstances. We have come to the realization that numerous people, young and old, struggle with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness.  We have experienced firsthand that loved ones can hide serious, yet treatable illnesses from their friends, family, teachers, and classmates. 

As the nation’s leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, The Jed Foundation is protecting the mental health of students across the country.  With your support, we will continue to lead the way and protect the potential of tomorrow's leaders.

 

 

In 1997 the Rodwell Dart Memorial Foundation was set up in memory of Roddy Dart, who tragically died of a traumatic brain injury while celebrating his twenty-second birthday in Aspen, Colorado. Roddy battled bipolar illness for much of his short adult life. Much of the time, he was fun, enthusiastic, charming and generous. Other times, he had his demons. The memorial foundation in his name, was set up to create awareness & understanding of teenage depression and bipolar disorder, while reducing the stigma surrounding these illnesses.

 

Welcome to the website of The Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation. 90% of the people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychological disorder at the time of their death. Suicide IS preventable. This foundation is dedicated to changing the conversation surrounding mental health, fostering a continuing dialogue for prevention of suicide among our young people, and promoting emotional health.

On December 1, 2010, 16-year-old cherished son, brother, friend, varsity athlete and honor student T.J. Sefcik died by suicide. How could a boy with so much love and potential make this choice? In the hopes of preventing other teens from following the same path, T.J.’s parents, Wendy and Steve, and his 17-year-old brother Matt share T.J.’s story of living with depression. Depression in teens is a common illness. 1 in 8 teenagers experience some degree of depression. It is estimated 20% of teens will suffer at least one depressive episode before reaching adulthood. This program gives students and parents a view of what teen depression can look like and educates them to pay attention to their mental health and emotions, something that is often pushed to the side. They describe many of the red flags that are often dismissed as typical teenage behavior. Their story gives hope to teens who may be struggling and don’t know what to do with how they’re feeling. It empowers teens to look outside themselves to their friends and classmates, and gives parents knowledge to help understand their teens a little better.

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In March of 2013, in a matter of a few short weeks, our beloved daughter and sister seemingly transformed. Once a joyful, brilliant young woman, she almost instantly became unrecognizable. It appeared as though her mind was under siege. Her death, nothing short of untimely, was beyond shocking to friends and strangers alike. The events surrounding her disappearance and eventual discovery received much media attention.  It was this heightened social awareness and much personal reflection that compelled us to create this foundation and subsequent site in honor of Paige.

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Deborah spent the first twenty-seven years of her professional life working in the legal field. In 2010, Deborah personally experienced the tragic effect that lack of knowledge and compassion in the community about mental illness can have on a family when her son Jordan took his own life as a direct result of developing a mental illness. The devastating pain that Deborah experienced at the loss of her son, turned into a passion for mental health education and a focus on preventing further tragedies. 

Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.  We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.

 

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Karen Arkin, M.D. shared with Parade (as told to Diana Reese) the touching story of her son’s suicide to help raise awareness of Suicide Prevention Month and World Suicide Prevention Day.The rest of my life will be divided into “before” and “after” we lost our beautiful boy on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Jason was smart, funny, thoughtful and kind. He loved to dance, even when the music stopped playing. He had an easy smile and felt deep empathy for others. But he couldn’t accept that he wasn’t perfect.

These are the things I want people to understand about Jason Aaron Arkin and the disease that killed him:

The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial fund has been set up by James's parents to help raise awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide amongst young people and to tackle the terrible and shocking statistic that suicide is the second largest cause of death amongst young men in the UK.