Support Efforts to End Suicide

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Target: Joanne Lelewer Harpel, Consultant for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Goal: Support an innovative foundation for using emotive and powerful approaches in the fight against suicide.

Suicide in the United States is a serious and often underestimated problem. It is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. According to the most recent data available from the Center for Disease Control, 38,364 deaths resulted from suicide in 2010 – more than double the 15,529 deaths resulting from HIV/AIDS. Talking about this epidemic is often seen as taboo, but the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention embraces it in innovative ways. Sign this petition to support its efforts.

One of the main reasons why the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is now using more innovative measures for addressing the issue is due to the collaborations between Joanne Lelewer Harpel and Geoffrey Cantor. Both experienced the loss of loved ones at the hands of suicide, and are making it a point to help others who have experienced their pain. They are also working to prevent others from ever having to undergo the grieving experience by providing education to the general public about warning signs of suicide, and ways to prevent it. Sign this petition to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the difference it is making in our world.


Dear Mrs. Lelewer-Harpel, Consultant for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,

The issue of suicide is one that is often misunderstood, and your involvement with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is helping to alleviate this problem. It is also inspiring to see the synergy that you and your partners bring to the foundation. Given that you worked as an attorney before joining the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, while your colleague, Geoffrey Cantor, specialized in acting, there was immense potential to combine your skill sets. In fact, the synthesis of your logical reasoning skills with Cantor’s emotive abilities seems to have created a whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts.

A recent project that you and Cantor collaborated on was a series of interviews with researchers who explained how specific factors – such as genetics, epidemiology, and psychology – can contribute to whether a person commits suicide. These interviews both resonate with people on an emotional level, while also educating them. Please continue to seek out new ways to reduce the incidence of suicide, while also offering support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. For sufferers, sometimes the simple recognition of their pain is enough to shift their outlooks.


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