Written By: Rachel Papke, Director of Events & Communications, Jordan Porco Foundation
The work scene is a familiar one—employees on their computers, at appointments, in meetings, on phones, etc. But, what you wouldn’t know from appearance alone is that each employee at the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF) has been personally affected by suicide.
Passion for suicide prevention is the common thread connecting the heartstring’s of JPF’s team as they work diligently every day to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults across the country. They accomplish this with engaging and uplifting programs that strive to start a conversation about mental health that reduces stigma, while encouraging help-seeking and supportive behaviors.
Colleges and universities are hosting Fresh Check Days across the U.S, engaging young adults in important mental health conversations. Post-event surveys show that the vast majority of students who participate say that after Fresh Check Day they felt more aware of available resources, more prepared to help a friend who might be struggling, and more likely to ask for help if they themselves are in emotional distress.
Each academic year, college students are signing-on as Nine out of Ten Ambassadors, shining the spotlight on mental health and suicide prevention with their peers.
4 What’s Next is a primary prevention program that builds psychological resiliency in high school students by giving them the tools to handle stress and distress now and in their future. Students gain important skills related to coping and help-seeking, and learn how to apply these skills to better manage conflict, time, and money (as examples).
“I think about all the young people we’ve lost to suicide, including my son, Jordan, and the ripple effect of one death, and how it can impact individuals and families for years, and even generations,” said Marisa Giarnella-Porco Co-Founder & CEO of the Jordan Porco Foundation.
Jordan died by suicide in 2011 as a college freshman, and the Jordan Porco Foundation is named in his memory. His parents turned their grief into action by creating unique programs to help fill the widening gap in the mental health care system, while addressing the major public health concern of young adult suicide.
The reality is, that with suicide rates rising across the U.S., it is everyone’s responsibility to work to prevent suicide. JPF’s suicide prevention efforts exist, persist, and extend far beyond the next big buzz, which unfortunately is usually linked with tragedy. Our conversations about mental health and suicide need to extend beyond the short lifespan of a big story or a popular movie series. JPF is taking action in our communities and making a difference—saving lives and creating hope for the future generation.
Learn more about the Jordan Porco Foundation and how you can join their mission to prevent young adult suicide at, jordanporcofoundation.org.
If you need support now, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or, text 741741 to get help 24/7 from the Crisis Text Line. If you or someone you know needs help, visit the Jordan Porco Foundation’s resources page.