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In New Suicide Prevention Podcast Series, Hope Xchange Founder Shares Personal Story on 3 Suicide Attempts & How Her Struggles Gave Birth to Her Nonprofit for Those with Bipolar
In the first of a series of Suicide Prevention podcasts, our founder shares her own personal story about her three suicide attempts, how she copes with her bipolar diagnosis, and how her struggle gave birth to her Nonprofit and its programs and services: Hope Xchange Timebank, Bipolar to Bipolar Mentoring Program and Holistic Hope. Kerry also offers advice for those who are feeling suicidal, to those who have a loved one who is bipolar, and to those who know someone who is feeling suicidal.
"We were honored to have Kerry Martin as our first guest on the Suicide Prevention Podcast. As someone who lives with bipolar disorder and as a three-time suicide-attempt survivor, Kerry speaks to issues of mental illness and suicide prevention from experience -- and with great compassion and empathy! What she's doing through Hope Xchange and the Timebank is already making a difference in many lives, but the need is enormous. Whether it's financial help or volunteering, an investment in Kerry's work is definitely one that will help save and improve lives around the world!" - Mark B. (Suicide Prevention Podcast Host, mylifeissues.org)
YouTube Suicide Prevention Podcast
Do you Believe Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Responsibility?
If you share our believe that suicide prevention is everyone's responsibility, we need your help. Please share this blog post and/or our YouTube Suicide Prevention podcast across your social media channels and help us reach out to everyone crying out for help and to those who are trying to help them.
Everyone is a star and deserves the right to twinkle, to shine brightly in what is all too often an incredibly dim and dark world for those struggling. But, the sad reality is, every 41 seconds a star leaves us far too soon and every 42 seconds someone is left wondering why.
Personal Note from Kerry Martin
Friends, due to the attention the Suicide Prevention podcast and a series recent blog posts published at the beginning of September Suicide Awareness Month, our small team of volunteers is currently overwhelmed and cannot help all who were brave enough to reach out to us for help. No one should be turned away because we are not adequately staffed or funded to respond and to answer every request for a bipolar mentor.
To date, Hope Xchange has been bootstrapped by our Founder, a cause-marketing strategist and Harvard Kennedy School of Government graduate, her family and friends. Earlier this week, we incorporated a DONATE page on our website, now also residing at http://hopeforbipolars.org, and launched our first social media campaign asking for online donations.
I hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible donation so that we can help all of those in need who are reaching out to us, not just those our volunteers can get to.
And, if piggybanks don't permit at donation at this time, please CLICK HERE for 10 other ways you can help. Thank you.
More on Hope Xchange Nonprofit
In the bipolar community, approximately 25 to 50% of individuals with bipolar disorder attempt suicide, and 11% successfully take their own lives. Our mission simple: to change these statistics.
We accomplish this by developing innovative programs for not only empowering those who struggle with a bipolar diagnosis but also by rebuilding our communities on a foundation of compassion and caring to restore hope for us all. Our goal is to break down - brick by brick - the wall of silence, shame and stigma surrounding mental illness; and the only way to do that is to involve each and every one of us.
We want to restore hope by giving people purpose in their lives as that my friends is how we've discovered you can indeed stop those who are suicidal from committing suicide. To learn more about Hope Xchange and our new community mental wellness program, the Hope Xchange Timebank, we invite you to visit http://hopexchangenonprofit.org and http://hopexchangetimebank.org. You can also contact Kerry directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.