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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Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Hawaiian Pineapple Classic
Buffalo Grove Gymnastics is hosting the 2013 Hawaiian Pineapple Classic December 20-22 at the Schaumburg Convention Center and Elyssa’s Mission is thrilled to be selected as the recipient of the 2013 Pineapple Classic Raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to Elyssa’s Mission to help prevent suicide.
The Raffle tickets cost only a $1 with over 30 raffle baskets overflowing with everything from event tickets, signed jerseys, electronics and more. The fun for families will be selecting which fabulous basket they would like to win.
Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center is dedicated to children’s health and well-being. The center is a fun and safe place to learn, grow and compete. The Buffalo Grove Gymnastics team believes that a strong recreational gymnastics program is the foundation to all sport movement that will allow children to excel in any sport they wish to pursue. They are committed to providing children with the opportunity to participate in the sport of gymnastics, both, recreationally as well as competitively. For more information on the Pineapple Classic and Buffalo Gym click here
In the News
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: