Sympathy Baskets like this one will be sent to families of those who have died by suicide by Stand Against Suicide, an Elbridge-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the risks of mental illness and to encouraging those in need to get help as well as helping families who’ve lost a loved one to suicide.
continued The baskets, funded by donations to SAS and events like the Take A Stand, Save A Life event held June 2, which raised $7,600 for the organization, are a part of SAS’s larger mission to educate people about suicide and to reach out to those who have been affected by its destructive influence.
“I want people to know that they aren't alone,” Dennee said. “When I lost my dad, people tried to tell me they knew how I felt, but no matter how hard they tried, they really didn’t know. Being left behind after a suicide is a different kind of loss, and we want people to know that we are there to help, even if it's only to offer some random comforting items.”
For more information, visit standagainstsuicide.org. Dennee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.