HEAR MY CRY FOUNDATION
The mission of the Hear My Cry Foundation is to address the growing epidemic of suicide impacting our communities and the under-served populations through programs and services. We exercise high standards of ethics, best practice management, and accountability in education, prevention, and recovery.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Your contribution to the Hear My Cry Foundation during this campaign will help us establish a much-needed client transport fund, and help ensure access to vital services in other ways as well.
A donation of:
- $20 can help cover the cost of transportation to a counseling session or medical appointment.
- $40 can pay for day bus passes for clients
- $100 covers professional interpretation costs for a therapist session.
- $250 covers professional interpretation cost for psychiatrist session.
- $4-$200 covers medication (according to copayment or full payment prescription)
All donations made to this campaign are tax deductible through Hear My Cry Foundation.
Your support can help make a difference in Mental Health! Together we WILL save lives from suicide.
Thank you for your support!
Understanding Suicide and Mental Illness
Suicide occurs when a person ends their life. Blinded by feelings of self-loathing, hopelessness, and isolation, a suicidal person can’t see any way of finding relief except through death. But despite their desire for the pain to stop, most suicidal people are deeply conflicted about ending their own lives. Most people feel uncomfortable talking about suicide. Often, victims are blamed. Their friends, families, and communities are left devastated. Many suicides can be prevented with the right kind of care, treatment, and support.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable.
Suicide and Mental Illness Statistics
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013, 41,149 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans and the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years. In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 12.8 minutes.
National Institution of Mental Health (NIMH) stated, One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24. More than 90% of those who die by suicide had one or more mental disorders.