As we recognize May as Mental Health Awareness month, we are reminded of all we have lost. On May 9th, it was the 5th anniversary of the phone call no parent or family ever wants to receive. John took his own life on that day.
This past year especially, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.
As we remember John and highlight Mental Health this month, we ask that please, please, raise your hand and ask for help if you are in need. Furthermore, be ready at all time's to step in and help those in need whether you know them or not. Step out of your comfort zone. Someone's life may depend on you.
John loved random acts of kindness. In memory of John, please do a random act of kindness. We miss you every day John.
- Dan and Leslie Luoma
May - Mental Health Awareness Month
We strive to carry out John's memory and giving nature through two areas of support programs and outreach.
Suicide Prevention Programs
We have teamed up with Living Works to provides essential tools for participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with him or her to create a plan that will support their "immediate safety" in a form of suicide first aid. Our goal is to travel to tell John's story and follow up with a training program for the attendees through Living Works.
PTS Guide Dogs
Our second area of outreach is to provide Guide Dogs for veterans with PTS. We partner with Custom Canines Service Dog Academy to place trained service dogs with veterans. Over the past 5 years, we have sponsored four service dogs. Two of them have been placed with their battle buddies and the other two are currently in training to be matched with a veteran.