EPPING, NH - Connor’s Climb Foundation and Seacoast United Sports Club came together last week to take part in the club’s first ever youth suicide prevention seminar.
Seacoast United staff members from all sports took part in the two-hour course led by Executive Director, Candice Porter, and Senior Marketing & Advocacy Manager, Kara LaMarche. After a 60-minute overview of youth suicide, the staff broke out into teams where they were assigned different situation involving athletes and the topics of depression, anxiety and suicide. Each team had to assess the situation, determine the appropriate steps towards addressing it and present their findings to the entire group.
“The biggest goal today was to show our coaches how prevalent youth suicide is not only in New Hampshire, but across the country.” Said Sales and Marketing Director James Peterson. “The Connor’s Climb team is doing amazing work and today was our first step towards taking some real action.”
For the month of September, which is recognized as Nation Suicide Prevention Month, both organizations have been working on a number of initiatives leading to Sunday’s annual Connor’s Climb 5K & Family Walk. The race, held in Exeter on September 26th, is an essential fundraiser for this non-profit to support their mission of providing suicide prevention education to the state of New Hampshire. Funds raised from this race go directly to Connor's Climb Foundation’s suicide prevention programming.
“Seacoast United has so many touching points in NH so to have their full support is a game changer.” Said Candice Porter. “We will use Thursday’s course as a blueprint and look to reach out to other likeminded organizations across the state in the hopes that we can educate as many trusted adults/coaches as possible.”
Connor’s Climb works with schools, the public and the mental health system to ensure New Hampshire youth have the life-saving resources needed to prevent suicide. Since the foundation’s launch, it has supported over 80 schools, more than 30,000 students across the state and recently trained an astounding 2,000+ “trusted adults” (school staff and community members alike) remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is still time to register for Sunday’s event! Please visit https://www.connorsclimb.org/2021-5k/.
If you or a loved one is in crisis; you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) or text HOME to 741741 to connect with the Crisis Text Line.
About Connor’s Climb Foundation
The mission of Connor’s Climb Foundation is to provide suicide prevention education to New Hampshire youth and the community. In the aftermath of Connor Ball’s suicide in October of 2011, his family and friends decided that no one else should experience such a profound and life-altering loss. Connor’s Climb Foundation is the result of their love of Connor and their commitment to end youth suicide. Connor’s Climb Foundation does this by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around mental health, and equipping youth, educators, and communities with life-saving tools and resources.
Candice Porter, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-236-4837
Kara LaMarche, Senior Marketing & Advocacy Manager, Kara@connorsclimb.org, 781-454-7050