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 70 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.

 


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Elyssa’s Mission would like to thank Noland Sales as the recipients of their Christmas Charity (Split the Pot). The Noland Sales donation will help fund the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program in new schools. Noland Sales Corporation, www.nolandsales.com, is a superior, floorcovering contractor that endeavors to provide consistency and quality through experience and continuous education; of products, installation, and services, by staff that is committed to their customers.

 

ElyssasMissionBAND3Elyssa’s Mission collaborated with Screening for Mental Health on a webinar intended to educate schools (in the state of Illinois) about the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. Click here to learn about the SOS programming that Elyssa’s Mission brings to Middle and High schools as well as how we support schools with implementation

 

 

 

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We 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.

 

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.

 


2014 Race To Save Young Lives Sponsors

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