Life Act: Suicide Prevention Education



Just last school year alone, LifeAct instructors taught more than 30,000 middle and high school students in Northeast Ohio and 2,504  teens (8.4% of students served) came forward to our instructors seeking additional help. We provide lifesaving programs at no cost to the schools.

There is an overwhelming need for our program.

Learn about our generationext endowment initiative

LifeAct recently launched the GeneratioNEXT initiative, an Endowment Fund that will provide a continuous source of financial support serving generations to come. If you would like to learn more about the many ways you can support LifeAct, please contact Elizabeth Longenecker at or call 216-464-3471

Why We Do What We Do. Created by our very own

Our Youth Advisory Board Members created and star in this powerful video that explains why we are so passionate about our cause. Currently, our Youth Advisory Board has expanded to more than 40 members strong from all across Northeast Ohio. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

Cleveland Foundation Awards LifeAct CEO, Jack Binder

Cleveland Foundation awarded the 2nd annual Encore Cleveland Prize to LifeAct CEO, Jack Binder, for socially impactful work by Greater Clevelanders aged 50+. This prestigious award, comes with a $25,000 prize. Jack has chosen to allocate his prize money to LifeAct. Learn more about Jack’s journey with LifeAct by watching the video.

LifeAct Commemorates 25 Years of Saving Lives

During our 25th year, we honored the founder of LifeAct, Lyman H. “Tim” Treadway for his vision and dedication to educate teens about depression awareness and suicide prevention after the loss of his beloved son John, 25 years ago. This video truly shows the passion and commitment of a man who started small and held true to his belief that teens are the answer to the alarming suicide trends we are faced with to this day.


Our school programs, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide for high school students, and U R O K ™ for middle school students, teach students to manage stress, recognize the signs of depression, and know how to access the tools to help themselves and others.  Our caring instructors facilitate learning and collaboration with the students by teaching this sensitive topic in a small group setting.



80% of people with depression respond favorably to treatment and almost all experience relief from symptoms.

LifeAct is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving young lives. By focusing on the act of reaching out, we are able to educate teens about depression and empower them to take the steps toward life. Our partners complete the circle of care. . . in real time.



LifeAct sponsors two annual fundraising events in which you may participate to show support of our lifesaving organization. This year our 15th Annual Into the Light Walk will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and our Links for Life Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 24th at Kirtland Country Club.  However, our mission is year-long. Please consider a donation to help us reach more teens in crisis.


Events & Youth Advisory Board




“Life Act has helped me realize how united and helpful people are. It has shown me that there are so many individuals in our world who care, and that no one is alone.”



YAB Member

“I joined LifeAct’s Youth Advisory Board to make an impact on something greater than myself. I feel like I’m helping people see that life is worth living and that it’s okay to ask for help.”


YAB Member

“LifeAct’s Youth Advisory Board is a great way to meet new people who share a common interest in such a great cause!”



YAB Member

A LifeAct instructor came to our classroom and taught us that depression is treatable and suicide is preventable. They make it easy to talk about sensitive topics like depression & suicide.”



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LifeAct is Awarded All-Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award

ohio non profit excellence awards

LifeAct was awarded the All-Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award at the 2016 Ohio Nonprofit Conference in Columbus on May 3, 2016. This award recognizes creativity, execution, achievement, and overall excellence of a specific project or program completed by a small to mid-size Ohio nonprofit organization. To read complete press release click here.