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Living Proof

From time to time we write about organizations and events that we think are especially worth your consideration to support in some way. The purpose and backstory of Living Proof got us where we live, which is very much to the point.

It's a new organization founded to help prevent suicide especially among teens, and promote mental health awareness. Some statistics on suicide can stop you in your tracks:

· Over 30,000 people commit suicide each year
· Suicide is the leading cause of death among college students
· In the last 20 years, the suicide rate has doubled for kids 10 to 14 years old
· 2 of 3 students who suffer from depression never get help.
· Suicide is the third leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 24 years

Douglas Faneuil founded the organization to address those devastating statistics, or more precisely, the teens behind those statistics. Tomorrow night, they're having a fundraiser/cocktail reception at Chelsea Market, 6:30-8:30pm. Among the first things that Mr. Faneuil wants to do is fund a documentary that has the working title "Evidence." It will tell the story of his sister, Nichole Pagliaro, who took her own life in 1999. As Mr. Faneuil writes on the website:
The realities of suicide may be difficult to bear, but those who know them — those affected by suicide — know that life, though often challenging, should never be discarded. My sister left behind a wealth of evidence of her clipped existence: photographs, videos, tapes, letters and, most of all, memories. Yet nothing can come close to capturing her essence, that feeling of her when she walked into a room. I want to convince young adults: don't become a record, a pile of photographs, a memory — be living proof of who you are.
You can support Living Proof by attending the reception tomorrow — details here. Tickets are $75 in advance, $100 at the door. (A tax-deductible ticket gets you drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz). Or you can make a donation HelpLine, 212.532.2400
National Hopeline Network, 800.784.2433
Samaritans Suicide Prevention Hotline, 212.673.3000
The Trevor Project, 866.488.7386

Other Sources
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Columbia University TeenScreen Program
The Jed Foundation
Mental Health-Related Websites
Suicide Prevention Resource Center

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