#YOUmatter; strives to raise awareness, open discussions, and ultimately save lives. #Youmatter; provides ongoing community awareness, collaboration, and prevention concerning the cause and impact of suicide among students, adults, and veterans in our community. They have been able to successfully do so through the Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk. The team aims to help people struggling with thoughts of suicide and to help their family, friends, and loved ones before they make a permanent decision. #Youmatter; members want to arm the community with the knowledge to support and help a person before it is too late. Empowering the community to know the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can save a life. Be Here Tomorrow!
Bob is a former law enforcement officer from Los Angeles County who served 20 years in three agencies with a distinguished career where he retired in 1985. He was also a tenured professor in the administration of justice at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California also serving 20 years. Bob is a Forensic Consultant since 1985 and confers with attorneys regarding private security and police matters. Bob retired and moved to his home in Lake Havasu in June of 2016 and resides with his wife Joan and their three pups. Bob has been coming to lake Havasu since 1974 and enjoys boating, long walks biking throughout the city, and just enjoying everything the city offers. Bob Became a mental health and suicide prevention advocate in 2009 after his son Sean took his life while a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After Sean’s death, he created a nonprofit 501(C)3 called the Amazing Day Foundation to help create awareness that suicide is the number two killer of our college students. After moving to Lake Havasu City, he read an article about a 16-year-old high school student taking his life. That set him on a path to create awareness in Lake Havasu City. His research led him to Doug Pehling, the Havasu Unified School District phycologist, and together formed a new group called #YOUmatter; since 2017 they have held a walk at Rotary Park called the WALK for LIFE, and it’s held in September on the last Saturday of our National Suicide Prevention Week.
I originally moved to Lake Havasu City in August of 1969, and I was a member of the third graduating class of Lake Havasu High School. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona in 1976 in psychology and my Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University in counseling psychology in 1979. I have worked as a school psychologist for Lake Havasu Unified School District #1 for the past 41 years. My wife, Rebecca has also taught in the School District for the past 25 years, primarily in the Autism Program. We have four grown children who went through our school system and four beautiful granddaughters. I worked for Hospice of Havasu for 14 years as an on-call counselor. I met Bob Feliciano after I was quoted in an article on suicide in our local newspaper. Bob and I met that very day, and out of that meeting developed the #YOUmatter; Suicide Awareness and Prevention Group. I am passionate about helping those in need. We have lost several friends, family members, and students over the years to suicide. Our mission is to provide suicide awareness in our community as well as prevention strategies and support.
John Kevin Hines is an American suicide prevention speaker who attempted suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. His story gained major media coverage and he has since become an activist promoting suicide prevention.
The minute his hands left the railing of the bridge his thoughts were: “Oh Dear God I don’t want to die!” Kevin shared this eye opening experience . . . How often do we hear the regrets from a person in the act of suicide?
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
#BE HERE TOMORROW
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