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Press Release: 5/3/16

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LIFEACT IS AWARDED ALL-OHIO NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE AWARD

LifeAct was awarded the All-Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award at the 2016 Ohio Nonprofit Conference in Columbus on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. This award recognizes creativity, execution, achievement, and overall excellence of a specific project or program completed by an Ohio nonprofit organization for Small to Mid-Size Budget Category (operating under one million dollars).

In 2017, LifeAct will be celebrating 25 years of educating teens about depression awareness and suicide prevention.  LifeAct’s mission is to prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of depression and to come forward seeking help for themselves or others. This early identification helps to initiate the first step in getting assistance – connecting those students with the appropriate professionals. In 2014, LifeAct formed a strategic partnership with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Frontline Service to complete the circle of care.

“This important recognition is a testament to our volunteers, staff, Board of Trustees and especially our instructors. Receiving this award is truly a validation of the results that we are achieving with Northeast Ohio teens” said Jack Binder, LifeAct CEO. “LifeAct’s dedicated instructors have taught well over 180,000 middle and high school students at no cost to the schools.  In 2015 alone, LifeAct instructors taught 23,283 students in Northeast Ohio, and 1,635 came forward asking for additional help.”

For more information about LifeAct call 216-464-3471 or visit our website at www.lifeact.org

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LifeAc’s mission is to prevent suicide by teaching young people (middle and high school students) to recognize the warning signs of depression and to come forward seeking professional help for themselves or others.

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Press Release 10/12/15

 

LifeAct Welcomes Three New Trustees

LifeAct is pleased to announce three new board members who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization.  Dr. John Hertzer, Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UH Case Medical Center, joined the Board as President of LifeAct.  Daniel G. Berick, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs and Jim Hopkins, CEO of CPI-HR joined LifeAct’s Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting bringing the total number of board members to 20. 

Mike deWindt, Senior Managing Director and CEO of Gates Group Capital is Chairman of the Board and has been actively involved with LifeAct for seven years.

LifeAct (formerly known as Suicide Prevention Education Alliance) is a non-profit organization that focuses on educating teens about depression awareness and suicide prevention in Northeast Ohio.   In the 2014-2015 school year alone, LifeAct educators taught over 20,000 teens in 120 middle schools and high schools.  It was reported that 1,354 students came forward needing help for themselves or someone they know just last year.

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Mike deWindt, Chairman of the Board      

 

John HertzerDr. John Hertzer, M.D., LifeAct President

 

Jim Hopkins

Jim Hopkins, Trustee

Press Release 6/24/15

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COMMUNITY WEST AWARDS GRANT TO BE USED IN WESTERN CUYAHOGA AND LORAIN COUNTIES

The Community West Foundation awarded a grant of $10,000 to LifeAct, formerly known as Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (SPEA), headquartered in Cleveland.  The grant will support the delivery of LifeAct’s in-school suicide prevention program for high school students in Western Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties.  The program, “Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide,” has been delivered to over 170,000 high school students in eight counties in Northeast Ohio.   

During the in-school sessions, taught by LifeAct instructors, high school students learn how to identify the signs of depression in themselves and other individuals and where to go for help. LifeAct teaches students to be the first line of defense in preventing suicide.

During the past school year, the program was delivered to nearly 20,000 high school students, of which over 1,200 came forward seeking help for themselves or a friend.  Shockingly, one in five high school students seriously consider suicide, which is the leading cause of death for Ohio teens after accidents.  And the situation is escalating. 

LifeAct was founded in 1992 by Lyman H. Treadway.  For information about educational programs provided by LifeAct, contact Mary McKenna at (216) 464-3471 or mmckenna@LifeAct.org.

 

Press Release 3/11/15

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THE RIDGECLIFF FOUNDATION AWARDS LIFEACT $20,000 TO SUPPORT SUICIDE PREVENTION EDUCATION

The Ridgecliff Foundation awarded a grant of $20,000 to LifeAct (formerly known as Suicide Prevention Education Alliance), headquartered in Cleveland.  The grant will support the delivery of LifeAct’s educational program, “Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide”, which has been delivered to more than 150,000 high school students in 155 high schools in Northeast Ohio.    

LifeAct teaches students to be the first line of defense in preventing suicide.  During the in-school sessions, taught by LifeAct’s trained, credentialed instructors, students   learn how to identify individuals who may be suffering from major depression or are at risk of suicide. The lifesaving program teaches teens how to respond when a friend threatens suicide and where to go for help. 

In the 2013-14 school year, 960 students came forward seeking help for themselves or a friend.  Shockingly, one in five high school students seriously consider suicide, the leading cause of death for Ohio teens after accidents, and the situation is escalating. 

The Ridgecliff Foundation provides grants to mental health agencies, chemical dependency agencies and organizations that have a mental health or chemical dependency component in order to fund programs which promote research, education, and patient care in the field of mental health and chemical dependency in Northeast Ohio.  Emphasis is placed on programs affecting children and families, early diagnosis, prevention, dual diagnosis (co-morbidity) and minority populations.

LifeAct was founded in 1992 by Lyman H. Treadway.  For information about either the high school or the middle school education programs or other services provided by LifeAct, contact Mary McKenna at (216) 464-3471 or mmckenna@lifeact.org.

 

Press Release 3/10/15

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LIFEACT ANNOUNCES NEW TRUSTEE DANIEL BERICK

LifeAct, formerly known as Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (SPEA), is pleased to announce Daniel Berick to LifeAct’s Board of Trustees.  Daniel, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, is the Americas Chair of the Global Corporate Practice. Dan focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate finance and corporate transactional matters. Daniel will join a board of 22 LifeAct trustees.  LifeAct’s mission is to educate Northeast Ohio teens to recognize the warning signs of depression in themselves and others and prevent suicide.

Press Release 9/11/2014

The Honor Project awarded a  $25,000 grant to LifeAct, formerly known as Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, to support delivery of LifeAct’s proven suicide prevention program, “Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide” to 9th and 10th grade students in Northeast Ohio.   

The second tier distribution of The Honor Project, organized by Judge John J. Russo of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and administered by NE Ohio law firm Dworken & Bernstein, provided more than $6 million in excess money from class-action lawsuits to 226 charities in every county of Ohio.

LifeAct instructors teach students how to identify individuals who may be suffering from major depression or are at risk of suicide. The program also teaches teens how to respond when a friend threatens suicide and where to go for help.  LifeAct teaches students to be the first line of defense in preventing suicide.