Community Health Network Foundation kicks off year-end effort for youth suicide prevention
Will be focus on Giving Tuesday, includes Matching Challenge from Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
Community Health Network Foundation recently launched its end-of-year effort geared toward suicide prevention among Hoosier youth and teenagers. The campaign will support Community's Zero Suicide Initiative, the non-profit health system's bold and aspirational goal to achieve a zero percent suicide incident rate among patients in the next ten years.
Indiana has the second highest rate of high school students attempting suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15 to 24, and the third leading cause for youth ages 10 to 14.
As part of the end-of-year campaign, which will include the Foundation’s Giving Tuesday efforts on December 1, the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation has offered a $100,000 Matching Challenge, meaning that every dollar donated on the way to reaching $100,000 will double. Read more >>
Community launches suicide prevention website for teens, parents, educators
Community's new website, www.HaveHope.com, provides resources for teenagers, parents and educators to learn the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide among youth in Indiana. The website is part of Community’s Zero Suicide initiative, which supports our aspirational goal to achieve a zero percent suicide incident rate for people in our care in the next ten years. Read more >>
Help us save lives: Zero Suicide Corporate Challenge
In Indiana, more people die every year by suicide than by homicide, and the overall rate of suicide continues to dramatically climb. The statistics are alarming, and death by suicide is one of our state’s most concerning health issues. With support from our donors, Community Health Network is tackling this important issue by implementing a courageous plan to save the lives of our fellow Hoosiers.
Through our Zero Suicide Initiative, Community has established a commitment that none of our patients die by suicide. We realize that zero suicide may appear to be a bold goal, but when it comes to our patients, no other goal is acceptable. Our behavioral health experts have designed a plan to achieve a zero percent suicide incident rate for Community’s patients in the next ten years.
As part of this effort, Community has identified an immediate need for a suicide prevention safety room in our Inpatient Pediatric Unit located at Community Hospital North. Our team continues to see an increasing number of pediatric patients admitted from Community Health Network Emergency Departments for acts of intentional self-harm. Once admitted, it is imperative these young people have a space that minimizes any risk for self-harm and is fully equipped to meet their needs.
To that end, Community Health Network Foundation has launched a corporate challenge, engaging local businesses and rallying them to raise $75,000 before December 31, 2015 to outfit the pediatrics safety room and provide vital support to the Zero Suicide Initiative.
That’s where you come in. With Community’s expertise and your company’s investment, together, we can save lives. Suicide touches everyone—all ages and incomes; all racial, ethnic, and religious groups; and in all parts of our community. From families to employers, from neighbors to friends, its impact has a ripple effect, and the emotional toll on those left behind remains long after the death.
With each day that passes, the grief caused by suicide grows. You have the opportunity to change that. Join us today—there’s no time to waste.
Interested in supporting this effort? Make a gift online designated to the Zero Suicide Corporate Challenge effort or call 317-355-GIVE (4483). Then share your pledge with the world by posting about it on social media using #ZeroSuicide.
Huey Lewis and the News to perform at annual Community Health Network Foundation cancer fundraiser
Community Health Network Foundation has announced that the Grammy Award-winning band Huey Lewis and the News will headline The Giving Gig® 2016, the non-profit’s annual event that raises donations to help Community Health Network’s cancer patients facing financial difficulties. Read more >>
The Giving Gig will be held on February 20, 2016, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown hotel. Huey Lewis and the News’ performance, which will include their well-known hit “Power of Love,” will round out an evening of giving, with proceeds benefiting Community’s cancer patients and their families.
A waitlist is now available for tickets to The Giving Gig. Join the waitlist or call 317-355-4483 for details.