Our Mission – Suicide Prevention

Elyssa’s Mission® provides resources to help prevent teen suicide. The community-based organization was founded in 2006 in honor of Elyssa, a bright, gifted and outgoing Chicagoland girl who bravely but unsuccessfully battled post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Elyssa’s Mission® provides hands-on support to area public and private schools and community organizations in order to educate students, staff and parents on how to recognize and assist those teens most at-risk. We have helped educate over 70,000 students since inception.

Elyssa’s Mission® funds and implements the evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program in over 65 middle and high schools in Illinois through our partnership with Screening for Mental Health®, a Massachusetts-based organization that pioneered the concept of large-scale mental health screening and education programs. We assist with all components of the SOS program including planning, teaching and training for staff and parents.

Upcoming Events


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Take a Moment to Celebrate You & Help Save Young Lives

 Date: Wednesday November 5, 2014

 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

 Place: Kenilworth Club, 410 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth

 Tickets: Tickets $60 *For each ticket purchased you will receive 1 free ticket so please bring a friend. To order tickets click here

All proceeds benefit Elyssa’s Mission® suicide prevention programming. For more information call (847) 697-9181 or email joannemeyers@elyssasmission.org.

Elyssa’s Mission’s Director of Education Leads Workshop at the IASSW 44th Annual Conference: “Keeping Children In School”

Who: Jodie Segal, Director of Education, Elyssa’s Mission will facilitate a workshop entitled: “Some Secrets Should be Shared: Implementing SOS, an Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Program.”  The purpose of the workshop is to inform participants about the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program, and how they can implement this program in their school.  Participants will further learn how Elyssa’s Mission can directly support schools with implementation, including funding

Where: Sheraton Lisle Hotel; 3000 Warrenville Rd.; Lisle, IL 60532

When: Friday, October 17, 2014 from 1:30-3:00 P.M.

For more information about the conference, or to register, please click here:


dmk burger imageEvery year DMK Burger Bar selects 12 charities to partner with for their “365 Days of Giving” program and Elyssa’s Mission was chosen for October. They provide donations to charities that benefit one of their four pillars of giving: Children, Hunger, Wellness and Earth.

Elyssa’s Mission is excited to partner up with DMK Burger Bar to continue to educate and support at-risk teens and their families in Chicagoland. The special menu item created for Elyssa’s Mission is the Root Beer Float made with Not Your Father’s Root Beer (a delicious alcoholic version of root beer) and Petersen’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream. A non-alcoholic version will also be available upon request. It will run from Oct 20-26.

Photos by Lois Bernsetin

Photos by Lois Bernsetin

Please  click here and visit our Events page to see photos from our recent Race to Save Young Lives fundraiser!




 In the News


CBOT imageWe want to thank the Chicago Board of Trade for their generous grant that will fund 4 new schools with the implementation of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program.

The CBOT Foundation provides charitable grants focused on meeting the needs of the global communities in which they live and do business. The CBOT Foundation seeks to provide particular support in the following areas of concern: children in need, education, seniors, wildlife, social and human services.



Please read  The North Shore Weekend’s recent profile on Elyssa’s Mission President, Joanne Meyers. She is on a mission to help depressed teens… “Everyday I can’t wait to get to work because I’m extremely motivated to save lives.” Read full story here






The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that identifies priority health risk behaviors among high school students.  The newly-released 2013 results demonstrate that suicide continues to be a significant concern, nationally, as well as locally:


With gratitude and thanks Elyssa’s Mission would like to acknowledge the Northbrook Woman’s Club for their generous support of our work and to help fund the Elyssa’s Mission SOS Signs of Suicide® program in Northbrook schools (Field Middle School, Northbrook Junior High, Wood Oaks Junior High, Glenbrook South High School and Glenbrook North High School) for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

The Northbrook Women’s Club/Foundation in Northbrook is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the community through philanthropy and service, while fostering personal fulfillment through shared interests. Since the inception of the Northbrook Woman’s Club in 1955, the Club and later the Foundation have raised and donated more than $800,000 for college scholarships and grants to local service organizations.

Windy City Live After Dark Features Elyssa’s Mission
In todays WCL After Dark segment about mental health awareness and suicide prevention, Joanne Meyers, founder of Elyssa’s Mission, talks about her daughter Elyssa and why she started Elyssa’s Mission to Save Young Lives. To view click here                                       


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