By Scott Bosley

Two years ago I joined The Networking Group. I was impressed with the fact that TNG sets itself apart from similar organizations by “paying it forward” and raising funds for a charity of a member’s choice. Elyssa’s Mission (EM) was my first choice as a fundraising recipient, and recently we were able to bring EM in to talk to our group.

When I joined TNG, I immediately put EM on the participation list. We then waited more than a year (which is standard for the participation list since this TNG program is so popular). The wait was worth it as you will read…

Elyssa’s Mission was my charity of choice for several reasons. First and foremost, severe anxiety and depression has impacted several generations of my family and we live daily with the related challenges. Secondly, I share the mission of educating our children on suicide prevention in middle school. And finally, it’s just awesome to see the relentless efforts of EM produce such remarkable results right here on a local level.


A few weeks ago Elyssa’s Mission’s own Joanne and Jodi gave a wonderfully appealing presentation on behalf of their organization at our monthly TNG meeting. Joanne opened by briefly telling her story that led to the creation of Elyssa’s Mission. The compelling presentation went on to demonstrate how teachers and administrators endorse Elyssa’s Misssion and the S.O.S. Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program (from Screening for Mental Health) wholeheartedly and included program impressive milestone statistics like the number of Illinois schools and students that participate, ultimately saving lives.

The presentation underscored the power of Elyssa’s Mission and its supporters. It was so inspiring that it struck an emotional chord with the TNG members to the tune of $1,500 — the largest amount ever donated at a TNG meeting!

That $1,500 was enough to fund one more local school with Elyssa’s Mission’s suicide prevention program.