Wednesday, August 29th 2012
Founder and CEO of Break Through the Static
I want to begin by saying thank you! for your support of Break Through the Static and of suicide-bereaved teens.
I formed Break Through the Static (“Static”) in 2009 to support teens who have lost their mothers, little brothers, soccer coaches and best-friends-forever to suicide. I started Static to meet the needs of teen survivors — to create a place where they could go to feel normal and be empowered. I founded this organization because I experienced first-hand the isolation, shame and overwhelm so many teen suicide survivors feel — I lost my own father to suicide in 2001 when I was 17 years old.
As you know, over the past four years Static has been dedicated to improving the support and resources for suicide-bereaved teens. I have enjoyed leading Static and seeing the difference we were able to make in teens’ lives. Over the last few months, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the kind of leader Break Through the Static needs, the kind of leader our teens need, and where I am in my own journey as a leader and a person. I realized that I cannot be the leader that Static needs and grow as I need to as an individual. This has been an incredibly tough decision for me, but the best decision for both the teens we serve and for me. Therefore, I have begun the process to dissolve the corporation.
I am working with partner organizations and schools to ensure the teens we served have the services they need. Together we have compiled a list of support and resources that was disseminated to the teens Static served. Our partners in Palo Alto’s mental health field are developing programs and crisis-response plans to better serve teens in the community. Static is honored and thrilled to have been a part of this work.
I am proud to have been a part of Static and very appreciative of your support. On behalf of the 1,500 teens we worked with, I want to say thank you. Thank you for partnering with us as together we supported and cared for grieving teens. Please take a moment to consider the impact we made over the past four years:
Without your support (in so many different capacities), we would not have been able to touch so many lives. While the organization of Static is gone, our impact will continue.
Thank you again for your faithful support of me as a leader, and Static as an organization that transforms lives.
With great hope + excitement for the future,
Founder + CEO, Break Through the Static
Suicide + Crisis Hotline: (855) 278-4204
Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: (866) 488-7386
TeenLine: (408) 279-8228
EMQ 24 hr. Crisis Line: (408) 379-9085
Alcohol and Drug Helpline: (650) 579-0350
Domestic Violence: (800) 940-7850
Kids’ Turn – Parental Separation/Divorce: (415) 437-0700
Rape Crisis Center: (408) 287-3000
Runaway Youth – National Hotline: (800) 621-4000
* Visit www.psnpaloalto.com for a comprehensive list of resources and helplines for teens and families.
Teens + Families: If you are looking for a therapist referral, please first contact your family’s physician. They will be able to recommend someone within your network.
Peninsula Teens + Families: For a referral for your adolescent, please contact the HEARD Alliance Coordinator at 650-725-7924.
Click here for a vetted, comprehensive list of adolescent mental health care providers practicing in the San Francisco Peninsula region. List compiled by the HEARD Alliance.
If you are feeling lonely or sad, or need someone to talk to, contact the Santa Clara County hotline at 1-800-704-0900, or go to sfsuicide.org to chat with the awesome, understanding + supportive folks at San Francisco Suicide Prevention.