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Do we know why Amber took her own life? Do we know what she was thinking as she took her own life? No, we don't. We wish we could turn back time and talk to her just once more to give her a shred of hope. We wish we could turn back time and let her know how very loved she was...is. We wish we could turn back time and hear her...see her...feel her. But we can't. All we can do now is pray with hope that we can offer resources to those hurting. Please use them. Please reach out. You are important. You have something to contribute to this world. You are loved.
Amber’s Story She was silly. She was bold. She was encouraging. She was determined. She was...Amber. We now know she was also profoundly sad and her one mistake (other than her final act) was that she didn't reach out for the help available. She masked her pain in the midst of all her talents. She hid her pain from a community of people who truly loved her. Amber's inability to share her pain has tragically affected those who loved her deeply. This charity is dedicated to Amber and people like Amber; people who wish they could share their darkest thoughts and, for whatever reason, are unable to reach out.
This is Amber Amber was an avid soccer player, a good student, and a loving friend. She was the keeper and co-captain for her JUSA G90-A Club soccer team and keeper for El Dorado High School. As a freshman she played varsity soccer and still had time for her family, her boyfriend and her friends.
Our Mission With Hope, the Amber Craig Memorial Foundation was born with the desire that as a community we can help our youth negotiate troubled times. With Hope Foundation is dedicated to suicide prevention through improving mental health support services and education in our schools and throughout our community. With Hope Foundation is committed to supporting our local schools’ efforts in suicide prevention through education. We have pledged to make available, at no cost to the schools, speakers and materials to effectively educate our community’s youth.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. World Health Organization (WHO)
More children and young adults die from suicide each year than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, and chronic lung disease combined. Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, Public law 108-355, Oct. 21, 2004
More people die from suicide than from homicide. Center for Disease Control (CDC)
A person dies from suicide every 18 minutes in the U.S. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
For every completed suicide by youth, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made. American association of Suicidology (AAS)
What do we do??? With Hope Foundation is committed to supporting our local schools’ efforts in suicide prevention through education. We have pledged to make available, at no cost to the schools a completely free service. All we need for inputs are an allotmentof speakers and materials to effectively create our output of educating our community’s youth in the following ways: We teach School staff and local clergy, police, and recreation staff to help them identify students risk of suicide and refer such students for help. These programs also teach staff how to respond incases of a tragic death or other crisis in the school. We provide general suicide education. These school-based programs explicatefacts about suicide, alert them to suicide warning signs, and provide them with information about how to seek help for themselves or for others. These programs often incorporate a variety of self-esteem or social competency development activities.
Events With Hope raises awareness and funds materials by holding a variety of events
Critical Thinking With Hope endorses people to critically think. We strive to educate and get people to answer the real a question.Who will I effect if I kill myself? To think what the real consequences of suicide are, and how it not only ends your life but it effects the people that love and care about you for the rest of their lives.
Critical Action With Hope also endorses critical action. We hope that through our gatekeeper program we provide students with facts about suicide. To be actively engaged with their peers, to alert them to suicide warning signs and provide them with information about how to make a meaningful action and seek help for themselves or for others. Our goal is for people to make informed and rational decisions when they are at their lowest point.
Organizational Connection Shuttleworth Foundation The idea that it is people who change the world for the better That if we are rigorously open about ideas and practices, more people will copy them and make the world a better place in a shorter period of time. We provide funding for dynamic leaders who are at the forefront of social change. With Hope With Hope to change the world for the better by raising awareness and helping to prevent future suicides With Hope reaches out to the community in a number of ways, they hold a multitude of events that reach out to students with lectures and also educate community leaders and school staff. Through this process we raise awareness and give people the education to reach out and make a difference in someone else’s life. Annette Craig (ambers mom) is the Chairman of With hope and she is definitely a dynamic leader. When Amber took her own life, she stepped up to the plate and really focused everything she had into preventing another mom from feeling the pain of losing her own child, when it could have been prevented.
Organizational Connection We identify amazing people, give them a fellowship grant, and multiply the money they put into their projects by a factor of ten or more. We are looking for social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and are looking for some support through an innovative social investment model. Annette Craig is definitely an amazing person no one is questioning that. With Hope obtains all of its money for funding solely on events, and we need this fellowship grant to obtain money for our new clothing campaign. With the ShuttleworthFoundation’s help we can definitely aggrandizeour foundations money raising ability With Hope wants nothing more than to make the world better, suicide is a tragedy that can be prevented. We need the Shuttleworthfoundation’s support in order to grow outside of our community and increase awareness.
What Can You Do? You can help out in a number of ways. You can make a donation. You can volunteer. You can buy a candle from the With Hope shop (all are made by Amber’s Mom). You can attend a With Hope event. Or you can just simply reach out to someone that you think may be at risk.
My Personal Connection Suicide is the most selfish way to leave this Earth. It is selfish because you are not only hurting yourself but you hurt everybody that you know and love. When you die you want people to have a positive connotation when they think about you, for them to rememberall of the good times you had with the them. But when you commit suicide, you do the opposite, your memory evokes sadness.
My Personal Connection cont’d. My best friend Bianca played soccer with Amber and was very close to her. Through her, I witnessed how suicide effects others. Every time someone jokes about suicide, or says that they want to kill themselves jokingly, it always effects her. Every time I can see the pain in her eyes, she is reminded of Amber. She remembers the moment she heard the news, her funeral, her friend gone forever. I never realized the real gravity of what suicide does to other people until I met her, and that is why I support With Hope.