Didi Hirsch News

Four big holiday stressors - and ways to cope

“Take care of yourself first … so you can even be capable of helping other people out,” says Dr. Donovan Wong, Medical Director for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, who provides tips for managing Holiday stress for Moneyish, the personal finance section of MarketWatch:

"Things will get better and I'm not alone"

Hospitalized during a suicidal crisis when she was in middle school, Annie, 18, is now a college freshman pursuing a career in art.

She might not have made it without Didi Hirsch and all the people who support us.

Didi Hirsch receives $1 million grant for teen suicide prevention

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services was awarded a $1 million grant to expand its suicide prevention program for young people under age 24 and their families.

The grant came from the Everychild Foundation, made up of more than 200 women who each donate $5,000 annually to fund a single $1 million grant to launch or expand a project that eases the suffering of local children.

Board member Pamela Kluft interviewed by Beverly Hills Weekly

Pamela Kluft, a Vice Chair of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services' Board of Directors, spoke to The Beverly Hills Weekly about why she chairs Alive & Running, our 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention.

To read the full article, click here.

You can help save lives by supporting Didi Hirsch's Hope & Light Campaign!

Last year, 45,000 Americans died by suicide. That’s 123 people every day. One is too many!

They were teens, veterans and parents. Most of them struggled with depression or other mental health issues but fewer than half received treatment in the past year. Some had prominent jobs and lived in gated communities. Others were unemployed and took shelter on public streets.

Video: The Hope & Light Campaign for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center

A training academy for mental health professionals and specialized services for children affected by suicide will be available at Didi Hirsch’s 60-year-old Suicide Prevention Center this Fall after staff moves into the new building at 10277 West Olympic Boulevard in Century City.  

"She took the loneliness away."

Crying uncontrollably for hours. Struggling to catch a breath. Pulling out her own hair. Magalie Alvarez, who had suffered mental and sexual abuse as a child, struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. But the 22-year-old professional Muay Thai fighter scared herself recently when she started thinking about driving her car off the freeway.

"When I felt like giving up, you were always there for me."

Melissa is grateful she can give her daughter, Mia, a life full of opportunities she never dreamed of for herself.

Born with methamphetamine in her system, Melissa was taken from her mom at birth and spent much of her young life in foster homes and her grandmother's care.

Didi Hirsch participates in MTV's Video Music Awards

Fifty Didi Hirsch clients, staffers, volunteers and friends—most of whom have attempted or lost someone to suicide—joined rapper Logic onstage for a powerful performance of his suicide prevention song, “1-800-273-8255,” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sun., Aug. 27.

Alive & Running 5K registration opens

Register or donate to Didi Hirsch's Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention and help save lives!

Go to: www.aliveandrunning.org


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