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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

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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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’
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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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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