In our mission we talk about bridging the gap between talking about mental health. We do that by providing a safe space to talk about suicide.
Muncie OUTreach- A Community Conversation on It’s Okay to not be Okay
On May 31, 2019 we were asked to present to a small group of youth at Muncie OUTreach. Muncie OUTreach is a non-profit organization that provides valuable resources, comfort, and education to LGBTQ youth in Delaware County. Our focus during this conversation was all things mental health with an emphasis on self care and positive self talk. After the presentation we did 90 minutes of question and answers with the youth. We also asked that the Ball State Practicum Clinic join us, they offer free and reduced therapy to the youth at OUTreach. The Practicum Clinic was able to send four students to help the youth not only during our conversation but in hopes that the youth will use this amazing service more often.
It’s Okay to not be Okay- A Community Conversation
On April 17, 2019 we were able to partner with Highland Middle School and have a community conversation on all things mental health. We had over 120 youth, parents, educators, and community members attend. We focused on what is mental health, warning signs, direct questions to ask, social media for todays youth and self care. We also invited the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Meridian Services to help educate and talk about what services are provided in the local area.
Anderson High School Swag and Information Handout
We were invited to attend all lunch periods at Anderson High School to handout our bracelets with the lifeline, information about suicide prevention and other Project Hudson merchandise. We handed out over 100 bracelets and over 100 keychains to the students.
2019 Purdue Out of the Darkness Walk
Project Hud;Son was able to secure a radio slot via donation from Twin City Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM in Lafayette, IN. to help promote the 2019 walk. Team Project Hud;Son was also able to raise $2,875 brining our total donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention total too: $24,307!!! Thank you to everyone that has donated!!
It’s Okay to not be Okay- A Community Conversation
On February 27, 2019 we were able to partner with Pendleton Christian Church and have a community conversation on all things mental health. We had over 275 youth, parents, educators, and community members attend. We focused on what is mental health, warning signs, direct questions to ask, social media for todays youth and self care. At the end of the presentation we had an hour long question and answer session where anyone was allowed to ask questions.
Genesys Company Gathering
On November 14th Project Hud;Son had the honor of starting the conversation of mental health and self-care in the work force. Wes was able to talk about “mental health days”, the importance of knowing the signs of depression and what we can do for self-care. The video below is about half of the presentation as we wanted to respect the privacy of those who participated.
Purdue Out of the Darkness Walk 2017 and 2018
Over the last three years Wes and Jenna Scott have assisted the Purdue Out of the Darkness Walks by hosting a table and speaking. Wes and Jenna Scott spoke on what the walks mean as survivors and how they have HOPE even after what they have been through. In 2018 Project Hud;Son was able to secure a radio slot via donation from Twin City Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM in Lafayette, IN. to help promote the walk. Over the last three years Project Hud;Son has been able to raise over $18,000 towards The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Mental Health of America Hendricks County “Laughing for the Health of It” 2018
Wes Scott was asked to key note speak at the 2018 Laughing for the Health of It event. The event is a comedy show, but before the show started they wanted Wes to remind the audience why they were there. Over the course of the speech Wes spoke about Hudson’s story, suicide in the media and why this is our time to make a difference.
White County Out of the Darkness Walk 2018
Project Hud;Son was asked to speak about our organization and what we have done after the loss of Hudson. Along with a brief description of what we are Wes spoke on the importance of the walks and what they mean to us as survivors. Wes also spoke on the importance of the work AFSP does for our community and country.
Adventure Camp 2018
Project Hudson assisted Pendleton Christian Church with a three day youth camp. Over the course of the three days we presented to over 300 youth ages 13-18. We spoke about bullying, self harm, suicide and that it is okay to not be okay. We talked about self care and who to go to if they or someone they know has lost hope. It was such a rewarding experience for us. We can’t thank Devin and Pendleton Christian Church enough for allowing us this opportunity.
2018 Grand Marshals for the Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade Presented by Gilead Sciences!!
Project Hudson, along with four other individuals, were announced as the 2018 Grand Marshals for the Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade Presented by Gilead Sciences!!
Indy Pride wanted to embrace local community members that fit the theme of our community's unsung heroes. Project Hudson along with some truly amazing folks were honored for their incredible work in progress for transgender rights, volunteerism, HIV prevention and treatment support, support for LGBTQ people of color, mental health and suicide prevention, and documentation and sharing of our local LGBTQ history!
Project Hudson is truly humbled by Indy Pride's nomination of our organization and thankful for all the work that they do in our community. We are quite excited to walk with those who have dedicated their lives to making a difference and to celebrate the PRIDE that Hudson was never comfortable enough to embrace.
A Community Forum with Indy Pride, Project Hud;Son and the IUPUI LGBTQ+ Center
During this Community Forum on November 9, 2017 we focused on topics such as depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation. This was an open forum where guests are encouraged to ask questions and participate with our panel. Our panel is made up of therapists, doctors, survivors, the director of AFSP, and LGBTQ advocates.
A Community Forum with Project Hud;Son and the St. Vincent Stress Center
Project Hud;Son alongside St. Vincent Stress Center hosted a Community Forum on September 8, 2016 which focused on teen depression, self harm and suicide. We had a panel of six mental health professionals that all focus on different aspects of mental health. The open discussion forum is beneficial because parents can ask a panel questions around teenager depression, self-harm and suicide.
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church of Brownsburg Pub Theology
Jenna Scott was asked to present Hudson’s Story in a way that would educate. Jenna was able to mix in Hudson’s story with suicide facts, what parents should ask and how this can happen to anyone. Thank you Good Samaritan Episcopal Church for this wonderful opportunity, it was wonderful to see so many adults not only willing to listen but to make a difference even if they don’t have youth in their immediate circles.
Project Hud;Son connected Brownsburg High School with resources that facilitated the following trainings:
Trained counselors admin, and teacher leaders with warning signs and symptoms training,
All staff on QPR two hour training. QPR stands for: Question. Persuade. Refer. Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide.
TWO TALK SAVES LIVES SESSIONS
Two Talk Saves Lives sessions were made available for building and community folks to attend.
COACHES SENSITIVITY TRAINING
All coaches received sensitivity training.
Sent staff members to IYG trainings in February 2017 and April 2017 to learn and be trained with correct information.
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