December 1, 2021
Dear Friends and Family of SPS,
There truly is so much to be thankful for as we emerged from the depths of Covid shut-down to a less restrictive focus. Still, there is much work left to do.
On a positive front, Suicide Prevention Services was able to work with clients via Zoom and via the telephone. Our volunteer/parapro numbers increased as more and more people wanted to “do something to help others” during this time. The increase in parapro’s continues. We are thankful for that.
This past year we introduced (rebranded) our counseling program: Stone Manor Counseling. While we have offered counseling from the beginning, renaming it as a service is bringing more people in for help because, while our name can and does draw people to us, that same name will keep people away. The act of suicide is so multi-faceted and so complex and so misunderstood. Yes, we counsel suicidal people but, more than that, we counsel people who deal with anxiety, depression, family issues, couple issues, etc.-often the root causes that lead one to ponder suicide. We are thankful that the community’s responding to this name as well as spreading the word.
Our Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group continues to grow. While I no longer lead the monthly meetings, I have 4 wonderfully qualified women who have taken this on. I am thankful for that. The Survivors of Suicide Attempts group will be starting again in January.
We were able to resume our fundraisers this past year. We moved our 5K from May to June and had a good showing of support. The same can be said for our annual “Here for Life” Walk in September as well as our “Harvest of Hope” Brunch in November.
Pieta, a suicide awareness group based in Ireland, has asked SPS to be their United States partner for the past several years. Pieta offers a 5K Sunrise Walk which they call “Darkness into Light”. It’s been our pleasure and honor to be a part of this. We are thankful for that.
Unfortunately, there is still much work to do as the numbers for deaths by suicide continues to increase. We are looking to hire another full-time therapist as well as a full-time administrative assistant.
As we come to the close of 2021, we once again ask you to consider making a donation to SPS. We’ll light a luminary bag which will be one of over 250 lining the walks of our building on Christmas Eve. Your loved one did not have to die by suicide to have a bag in their memory. If you have the opportunity to drive by the building any time after 5 that evening, the site to behold will take your breath away.
They say that you may only be one person in the world, but you can be the world to one person. Together with your generous support, Suicide Prevention Services will be there for your loved ones and for our community so that we will always be “HERE FOR LIFE”!
Stephanie Weber, Executive Director