Our Mission – Suicide Prevention
Elyssa’s Mission is an organization that provides the resources to support at-risk teens and prevent suicide. We offer hands-on support to area schools, religious and community organizations to help educate students, staff and parents on how to recognize those teens most at risk. Elyssa’s Mission is proactive in funding, distributing, and implementing the SOS Signs of Suicide® program, as well as other prevention programs that are evidence based and backed by mental health professionals.
The 17th National School Social Work Conference, Chicago
Rebecca Davis, Youth Programs Manager, Screening for Mental Health, Inc. and Jodie Segal, Director of Education, Elyssa’s Mission, will co-facilitate a workshop entitled “Some Secrets Should Be Shared: Implementing an Evidence-Based Prevention Program” on March 20th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the 17th National Social Work Conference, presented by the School Social Work Association of America. The conference runs from March 19th-22nd at the Westin Michigan Avenue.
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Elyssa’s Mission A Proud Sponsor of Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute’s Annual Community Mental Health Conference, SUICIDE: RESPONDING AND CREATING HOPE
The conference will take place Sunday, June 1st, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Beth Emet Synagogue (1224 Dempster) in Evanston, Illinois. There will be 18 discussion groups led by experts in this field. Jodie Segal, Director of Education for Elyssa’s Mission, and Katie Mason, Program Director of Public Education & Disaster Mental Health for Mental Health America of Illinois, will be co-facilitating one of these discussion groups, entitled “Recognizing Signs of Someone in Crisis.” For more information and to register click here
In the News
The Karen Colina Wilson Foundation recently granted funds to Elyssa’s Mission in support of the EveryBody Matters program. The EveryBody Matters program is designed to build resiliency in teens, giving them the tools they need to face life’s adversities. This program creates a safe place where adolescents collaborate to develop a model of responsible leadership as well as foster a sense of belonging, creating a foundation for the development of courage, tolerance, self-respect, pride and awareness.
The Karen Colina Foundation grant will allow Elyssa’s Mission to implement the EveryBody Matters program at Field Middle School in Northbrook Illinois in the winter and spring of 2014.
Started in 2006, the Karen Colina Wilson Foundation has as its mission statement “Making a positive difference in the lives of woman and children.” The foundation provides grants and programs to children, youth and women to enhance their health, safety, and well-being and provide development opportunities in the areas of education, art, literature and music to improve their quality of life.
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
National Screening Day, October 10, 2013 CBS Channel 2 News highlighted the importance of National Screening Day by featuring Elyssa’s Mission, Alan Meyers and Cornerstone Counseling Center in Chicago discussing the importance of screening and the signs of suicide. Click here for full live segment
The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Foundation recently granted funds to Elyssa’s Mission in support of our mission to provide resources to support at-risk teens and prevent suicide. We would like to acknowledge their support and generous grant that will fund the complete SOS Signs of Suicide® program (SOS) in two new middle and/or high schools.
CBOT provides a valuable service to a number of not-for-profit agencies serving the Chicagoland area through their grant program. The CBOT Foundation is specifically interested in “organizations and projects that support children in need, education, seniors, wildlife, social and human services within the global communities where we live and do business.”
May 22, 2013-Rebecca’s Dream granted funds to Elyssa’s Mission in support of their mission to provide resources to support at-risk teens and prevent suicide. As a result of Rebecca’s Dream’s generous endowment, five new schools will be supported by Elyssa’s Mission through the SOS Signs of Suicide® program, which teaches teens that depression is a treatable illness. The Rebecca’s Dream mission is to promote awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases.
Rebecca’s Dream was established in 2005 in celebration of the life of Rebecca Lynn Cutler, a journalist who succumbed to depression and bipolar disorder at age 30. Rebecca’s family and friends continue her personal mission to help others receive proper treatment and needed support. To learn more about Rebecca’s Dream,click here
With gratitude and thanks Elyssa’s Mission would like to acknowledge the Northbrook Woman’s Club for their generous grant in 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) during this upcoming 2013-2014 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 countless grants to local service organizations.
Sponsors for Elyssa’s Mission Race to Save Young Lives: