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I Need a Lighthouse
A Depression and Suicide Education Awareness Program
I NEED A LIGHTHOUSE (INAL) was established by Kathleen Wakefield in 2001 to carry out the following mission:
To significantly reduce the loss and suffering from youth depression, suicide and suicidal behavior in communities throughout the region. INAL will be the leading provider of education programs that increase the community’s awareness of the serious consequences associated with depression and suicide among teens and young-adults, and make it easy for at-risk youth to seek and obtain help.
Suicide Affects Thousands
Each year in the United States, more than 30,000 lives are cut short by suicide. That means that suicide ends one life every 17 minutes. For every life lost, thousands more are affected by the loss of a child, parent, friend or co-worker. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people (ages 10-24). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease – COMBINED.”
Research has identified risk factors for suicide, providing hope for treatment and prevention. The 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, published by the US Department of Health and Human Services gives a comprehensive list of risk factors for suicide, including: mood disorders, and other psychological disorders, alcohol and substance abuse disorders, and social isolation. Untreated, depression has been identified as the leading cause of suicide.
Depression is treatable, suicide is not. We must focus on prevention, addressing depression and related risk factors. Through education and prevention, we can save lives and prevent needless suffering. I NEED A LIGHTHOUSE is committed to educating teens and young adults about depression and suicide in order to create a network of informed support around those at-risk and ultimately to save lives. CRISIS LINE: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
AidNow exists to bring education, health, sanitation, and physical resources together to assist individuals in South Eastern Virginia, Nationally, and Globally. Basically, we are here to help. Everyone. Love is a universal language and it’s something that is in great demand in our current society.
Visit aidnow.org to learn more about this great organization
Beyond Boobs! Inc.
A Breast Health Organization
Beyond Boobs! is a breast health, not breast cancer, organization with a focus on health and wellness. We want this viewpoint to permeate and guide all we say and do as we fulfill our two missions of support and education.
Under our mission to provide a support system for young women diagnosed with breast cancer before menopause, our goal is to love and support these young women back into health – body, mind and spirit. Cancer affects all three areas, and the effects can last long after the surgeries and treatments are over.
Under our mission to provide breast health education for all, our goal is to offer a unique approach to inspire and encourage women, even young women, to take charge of their breast health and practice early detection techniques.
K9 Justice League
The K9 Justice League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2008 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is owned and operated by it's founders Jessica Wilde and Tiffany Gray. The K9 Justice League works locally and in surrounding areas rescuing and re-homing dogs in need. An amazing group of dedicated friends, family, and volunteers help with keeping this rescue up and running.
Currently the K9 Justice League dog rescue is 100% foster home based, meaning all of our rescued dogs live in home environments while they are waiting for their forever homes. Information on all of our current rescue dogs is viewable on this website and appointments can be made to meet any of our available dogs. Our future goal is to create a state of the art facility where all of our rescue dogs can receive all of the attention and care they need while also being more accessible to potential adopters.
Every dog that enters our rescue is updated on all vaccines, spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, and kept current on flea and heartworm prevention. During their stay with us, all dogs receive training with house manners, socialization, and basic obedience. We screen all adopting families to ensure a perfect permanent placement.
P.I.N. exists to provide food, clothing, shelter, and free medical care to either homeless or the extremely poor. The ultimate focus is to help the homeless of Hampton Roads transform their lives by meeting them where they are and sharing a God that loves them and wants a relationship with them.
Click HERE to learn more about P.I.N.