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Windy City Live After Dark Features Elyssa’s Mission

In today’s 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

 

Elyssa’s Mission Announces Saving Young Lives

College scholarship rewards Ramblers who act to prevent suicide Read full story http://www.goramblers.org/page.aspx?pid=801story

Chicago Leads Nation in Teen Suicide Planning, Attempts, NBC Chicago
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Report
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Aptakisic Mosaic-of-Talent Raise Money for Elyssa’s Mission, Pioneer Press
On March 22, 2012 the students of Aptakisic Junior High School proudly presented the 2nd annual “Mosaic Variety Show.”

TIME Magazine’s Article on Youth Suicide Attempts
Almost 40% of kids attempting suicide make their first try in middle or even elementary school…

Teen’s Battle Cry Against Suicide: P.S. I Love You | NBC New York

Organization Keeps Mission Moving, The Winnetka Current, January 18, 2012 (pdf)

Elyssa’s Mission reaches Spanish Communities in special Univision Segment highlighting launch of new DVD national launch
To Prevent Suicide: Listen, Talk, and Ask, Gazebo News
April 4, 2012
In response to the recent tragic deaths of three Lake Forest High School teens, local churches and other organizations mobilized to present a panel presentation on the topic of teen suicide: what drives it, how parents and community can address it, warning signs, support of one another and students, and additional information. The Rev. Christine Chakoian of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest moderated the presentation at Gorton Community Center on April 3. She began by expressing the profound sorrow our community feels for the deaths and compassion for the families who have lost their children.
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TIME Magazine’s Article on Youth Suicide Attempts
November 30, 2011
Almost 40% of kids attempting suicide make their first try in middle or even elementary school, according to research that suggests that kids who think they want to kill themselves are considering it long before previously assumed.
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Teen’s Battle Cry Against Suicide: P.S. I Love You | NBC New York
January 12, 2012
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Elyssa’s Mission in the News

Dist. 15 offers suicide prevention program
Daily Herald
It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil, but depression, which is among the most common of mental illnesses, appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression, which is treatable, is a leading risk factor for suicide. To proactively address these concerns, District 15, in partnership with Elyssa’s Mission, provided depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program in all of its junior high schools.
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At Illinois high school, fears of a ‘suicide cluster’
PennLive.com
That prompted Meyers to form the suicide prevention group Elyssa’s Mission. She said her “heart just broke” when she learned of the recent Lake Forest death.
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Aptakisic Mosaic-of-Talent Raise Money for Elyssa’s Mission, Pioneer Press
On March 22, 2012 the students of Aptakisic Junior High School proudly presented the 2nd annual “Mosaic Variety Show.” The students showcased their many talents and confidence through singing, dancing and playing instruments with all donations benefitting Elyssa’s Mission, a local foundation dedicated to suicide prevention.
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Organization Keeps Mission Moving, The Winnetka Current, January 18, 2012
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Elyssa’s Mission reaches Spanish Communities in special Univision Segment highlighting launch of new DVD national launch
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Out of the Darkness…A daughter’s tragedy is a Northfield mother’s triumph. The Elyssa Meyers story by David Rutter July/August Quintessential New Trier Magazine July/August
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Press Releases

Elyssa’s Mission Announces Loyola Academy Scholarship
Wilmette, Illinois (January 11, 2012) – Elyssa’s Mission announced today the creation of the Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship Award Program. The Scholarship was created to further the group’s efforts to prevent teen suicide and motivates college-bound students to raise awareness of the signs of suicide and incorporate the ACT message (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell).
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Elyssa’s Mission Helps SOS Program Launch New, Updated Friends for Life: Preventing Teen Suicide DVD
Chicago, Illinois (August 3, 2011) – Screening for Mental Health, Inc. recently released a new Friends for Life: Preventing Teen Suicide DVD and discussion guide. The DVD, which features local not-for-profit Elyssa’s Mission, serves as the main teaching tool of the award-winning SOS Signs of Suicide® program.
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Elyssa’s Mission Announces New Director of Education
Chicago, Illinois (August 23, 2011) Elyssa’s Mission is pleased to announce the newly-appointed Director of Education, Jodie Segal. Jodie will be working with area-wide Middle and High Schools in order to raise awareness and provoke dialogue about depression and teenage suicide among students, staff and parents.
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