On February 22, 2022 Scars to Stars was launched into the world.... an Anthology with 20 stories of Vulnerability, Resilience, and Overcoming Adversity. It is the beginning of a movement using conversations, community and personal stories to reduce suicide statistics.
This dream began back on March 30, 2020 when the Realize Foundation was born to combat the epidemic of suicide.
Key findings regarding suicide rates since 2000:
For 2000–2016, the age-adjusted suicide rate increased 30%, from 10.4 to 13.5 per 100,000 population, increasing on average by about 1% per year from 2000 through 2006 and by 2% per year from 2006 through 2016.
Our goal is to create safe spaces for human connection and support so people do not feel alone. If someone experiencing suicidal ideation can read about or connect with a person who has been in a similar place, and learn how that person overcame their situation, it provides hope that they too can get better.
It is exciting to see the outpouring of support we have received around this project.
I hope you will grab your own copy and maybe gift a copy to someone in your life who could use some hope and motivation.
Thank you to everyone involved with this project! You all have hearts of gold even though you have all been through rough times. I appreciate that you were all willing to share very personal stories in order to help others.
I am so proud of what we have created together as a community.
All proceeds go to the realizefoundation.org and will be used to further our mission of keeping people alive!
with much love,