Survivors Joining for Hope Articles

Articles written by Brad Hearst, SJ4H Founder & Executive Director, and other contributors

It Doesn’t Start When It Ends

Normally when writing a blog post I would discuss the impacts that suicide has on those left behind, the survivors. As I’ve continued to work with families that have been impacted I also have spoken with bystanders who may have been indirectly impacted or...

Bullying: You Can’t Just Get Over It

Suicide within our community has been progressively increasing year over year. The numbers in our state rank among some of the highest in the country. This understandably isn’t an award anyone wants. Even more recent, we have had children taking their...

Are We Lucky?

By Brad Hearst Recently, I had the privilege of going on a business trip for my employer. After wrapping up the first day of the conference a fellow co-worker and I went to a restaurant for a beer and some recapping. After a day of socializing and...

The First Anniversary

By Brad Hearst Throughout our life we have many important dates in our lives known as anniversaries. We have wedding anniversaries, class reunions and birthdays that are all dates that represent a positive memory (depending on your age). One anniversary that...

New Year, New You

By Brad Hearst This time of year, we hear the phrase, “New Year, New You” thrown around quite a bit. It can have a different connotation to each person. For some this means getting back into a workout routine or restructuring their diet to create a healthier body. For...

Finding Hope

By Brad Hearst The morning waking up after my brother's passing by suicide was one of the most difficult days on which I’ve ever been challenged. I myself, felt like throwing in the towel. I had no drive to get out of bed, no desire to go to work and certainly no...

Relating Suicide to Other Losses: Gold Star Families

By Brad Hearst Since my brothers passing, all I’ve heard is how suicide loss is like no other loss. You can’t compare it to anything else because there is no other loss like it. Which I won’t disagree with. As time has passed, I’ve encountered other losses and learned...

The Four-Year Journey — A Survivor of Suicide Loss

By Brad Hearst   It has been four years and almost two months since I lost my brother to suicide. I have experienced the highs and lows of grief too many times to count at this point. During those four years I found more questions than answers. My emotions have ranged...

The Reach of Suicide

By Brad Hearst From an outside perspective when people think of suicide they think of the family impacted. Their mind will immediately drift to the spouse left behind to take care of the family financially, the children that will now grow up without a...

The Unexpected Price of Suicide

By Brad Hearst The initial shock of losing a loved one to suicide can be debilitating. We are left wandering in a fog, struggling to find our way as we come to grips with our own grief. When we finally start to find a piece of normality, survivors are often smacked in...

What is Suicide Recovery?

By Brad Hearst Throughout life, we are faced with many trials and tribulations. Those “trials” are instantly magnified when you lose a loved one to suicide. Nearly everything you do after a recent loss seems to somehow always be related to or remind you of...

Avoiding “Selfish”

By Brad Hearst Disclaimer: The topics discussed in this article directly exclude anyone age 25 or younger. The ideas shared are referencing adults who have fully developed and matured. Definition of Selfish: [sel-fish] adjective – devoted to or caring only for...

The Myths of Talking to Survivors

By Brad Hearst Over the last nearly four years I’ve heard just about everything when it comes to “speaking” to a suicide loss survivor. Some have been insightful while others have been complete counseling BS only perpetuating the stigma of suicide. Let me be the first...

The Mental Health Label

By Brad Hearst Within the last week I have seen suicide wrap its horrid grasp around the lives of those I love. It was the second straight impact it has had on my own life. After being struck with the loss of my brother less than four years ago it feels only slightly...

Back to School Tips for Parents to Prevent Bullying

It’s that time of year again! Back to school is typically welcomed with an energetic mix of excitement, anticipation, and expectations, but for many, this can also be a time of anxiety and fear. So much emphasis is placed on “getting ready” and having the right...

TIME MOVES QUICKLY

Just as the school year is coming to an end I feel that sigh of relief. No more phone calls during the middle of the day about how my son is in the office and will need to serve ISS or OSS for the next however many days. With that sigh of relief, I have to sit and...

TODAY’S MEDIA

Sitting in my office listening to the local news via my RadioPup app I am listening to the DJ personality describe his views on the late Robin Williams, Heath Ledger and even Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. To an extent he appears to be glorifying their stories a bit...

FUNDRAISING 101

As a nonprofit we obtain a chunk of our financial support from fundraising. In my opinion fundraising is viewed more as a marketing and exposure opportunity than it is a real financial hauling. The time commitment it takes to put together an event multiplied by the...

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