On Sunday February 5th, Elyssa’s Mission had the pleasure to present to over 40 students, parents, and staff at Old St. Pat’s Church in Chicago. The participants were shown our SOS Signs Of Suicide DVD and then participated in a lively discussion on best ways to communicate with someone who may be suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. They were taught how to use the ACT technique: Acknowledge you or your friend has a problem, Care about your friend, Tell a trusted adult, if they encounter someone in need. Our board members and educational staff fielded many great questions from students and parents regarding Elyssa, depression, warning signs, and our mission. The Old St. Pat’s participants were wonderful and their willingness to discuss such a strong topic provided for a great beginning to our day.

– Patrick McHugh