The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, eliminate stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
SAVE was started in 1989 when six suicide survivors (people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide) met and agreed on the need for an organization. The organization is comprised mostly of suicide survivors, and people that have suffered from depression. The major event for the organization is SAVE’s Suicide Awareness and Memorial Day held every spring in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which draws nearly 500 people annually.
Over the years, the organization’s Board of Directors has grown to include survivors who bring a special affinity for the issue and individuals with other skills to ensure successful organizational growth, development and management. Until early 1998, the organization operated solely on the efforts of volunteers. A strategic planning process yielded a decision to hire staff, including an Executive Director, who was hired in May 1999.
How SAVE Works
SAVE is a 501.C3 non-profit agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Mission, Goals and Objectives:
The #1 cause of suicide is untreated depression. SAVE is committed to the education of the general public about the depressive brain diseases (such as clinical depression and bipolar illness) that can result in suicide if left untreated medically and psychologically. By educating the general public about such brain diseases, SAVE strives to remove the stigma associated with these diseases. SAVE’s prevention and education programs are designed to:
- Increase knowledge about depression and suicide prevention.
- Increase knowledge about symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicidal thinking and behavior.
- Increase the confidence and competence of participants to make interventions and referrals.
- Increase understanding and the use of intervention skills that can help avert the tragedy of suicide.
- Increase knowledge about community resources, how to access and use them.
SAVE’s Current Programs, Activities and Statistics
For ten years, SAVE has developed and implemented its prevention and awareness programs mainly in the state of Minnesota. All SAVE programs seek to educate both the general public and more specific audiences about and clinical depression and suicide prevention.