A Holiday Wish and Decision to Reach Out For Help

A Holiday Wish and Decision to Reach Out For Help

Dear Heck/Leedy Family,  Some of you know me while others of you may not.  I was friends with the Heck family growing up, and came to know of the Leedy family while attending Lexington High School. Please allow me to start my extending my long overdue, sincerest...

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Mathew Shares His Story to Raise Awareness and Break Stigma

Mathew Shares His Story to Raise Awareness and Break Stigma

I have struggled and battled depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. I have reached a point in my life now that I finally feel safe to speak and tell my story. The purpose of this piece IS to draw attention – to draw attention and create awareness for an illness that affects many people around us. While some people do open up and tell their story, there are still many people who have sat in silence and will continue to sit in silence for a fear of judgement and a fear of being treated differently. A mental illness does not have a physical feature. It does not show on the outside of a person. Because of that, some people are really good at hiding the darkness they feel.

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A 33 Forever Friend Shares Her Story

A 33 Forever Friend Shares Her Story

My name is Melinda and I have struggled with anxiety and depression most of my adult life. I have a similar past of medications, hospitalization and treatment. The fact that I am here today is because someone grabbed me from running into 4 lanes of traffic and because...

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The Spark, Vol. 3

The Spark, Vol. 3

THE SPARK Volume 3, February 2021 THANK YOU! This Newsletter is for our friends and supporters. We appreciate your ongoing interest and support and hope you enjoy this latest issue of The Spark. We have much to report in the areas of our mission and will have even...

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33 Forever awarding trio of scholarships in spring – Mansfield News Journal

33 Forever 2021 Scholarships Announced

The Mansfield-based mental health nonprofit 33 Forever Inc. will award three scholarships in the spring of 2021 for post-high school education to graduating seniors in Richland County. These scholarships, named “The 33 Forever Scholarship In Honor of Danielle Leedy,"...

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In Honor of Dani by David Carr

In Honor of Dani by David Carr

This article was written some months before Dani died. I am not sure why I didn’t publish it sooner. I have some stories that I have written, that at the time, did not feel right to make public. I have added some things to bring it up to current day facts, but the...

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“The Ripple Effect” Of Suicide

“The Ripple Effect” Of Suicide

“A suicide is like a pebble in a pond. The waves ripple outward.” First Wave: When someone dies by suicide, the people impacted most dramatically are those closest to the person who died: family, friends, co-workers, classmates. Second Wave: Those people who are...

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