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Andrew & Crystal Cohen's Fundraiser:

Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention Center

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Andrew & Crystal Cohen

THE STORY:

Every 15 minutes, someone loses their life by suicide in the United States, making it the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18 - 65, and the 2nd leading cause of death among teens and young adults.  In addition, for every suicide, it is estimated there are 25 suicide attempts.  Many individuals – maybe even your loved one, friend, neighbor, or colleague – suffer from severe emotional pain in silence.  In that moment when a person in crisis needs someone to listen and respond, Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention Center is here to help.

Founded in 1958, the Suicide Prevention Center was the first program in the U.S. to establish a 24-hour suicide prevention Crisis Line.  Now in its 52nd year of saving lives, the Suicide Prevention Center also provides support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide; outreach and training to the community; and a Suicide Response Team that works with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response team, the coroner’s office, and local police and fire departments to provide immediate support at the scene of a suicide.

The center puts what little money it has to important use, but they could use a LOT more help to raise awareness and funding for its Suicide Crisis Line and Survivors After Suicide programs – the latter of which personally helped me, 10 years after my father’s death, reach out and finally deal with his suicide.  Thanks to Didi Hirsch, I am learning to be open and honest about my dad, Ruh-ming Li, a smart, funny, talented, generous spirit of a man who my sisters and I are proud to have had as our father.  And now that his suicide is something I can talk about, it’s something I’m working to help prevent from happening with other people struggling with life and their will to live.

Please join me and Andrew in breaking the stigma of suicide and mental illness.

Love,

Crystal

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