SUICIDE PREVENTION & AWARENESS

The mission of Shout Out Loud is to bring awareness to suicide prevention in our local community and schools, normalize the conversation about suicide prevention as well as teach coping skills and everyday activities that help with a child’s mental wellness. Shout Out Loud was founded in 2018 by local artist Laura Dizon and Psychologist Dr. Lisa Lovelace after the loss of Laura’s younger brother Aaron Dizon to suicide.

Our yearly event teaches coping skills and everyday activities that help with a person’s mental wellness. Our target populations include children and young adults in the Twin Cities area. We provide resources and connections to other programs that promote the same wellness values. Think of a backyard carnival with fun games, activities and music, all the while teaching children and teens real life coping skills and to ‘Shout Out Loud’ (ask for help) when they need it!

Through our services, we also participate as an informational booth at other resource events provided by local clinics and other nonprofits promoting mental wellness and/or suicide prevention.

5th Suicide Prevention & Awareness Event

Join us Saturday Sept. 28th, 2024
11am – 3pm
St. Louis Park, Rec Center ROC

The event aims to normalize the conversation about suicide prevention as well as teach coping skills and everyday activities that help with a child or teen’s mental wellness.

Suicide doesn’t have a ‘look’.  That’s why we NEED to normalize the conversation around mental health and suicide.  We NEED to be talking about suicide prevention in schools, in businesses, and in homes.  We NEED to make mental health care and community resources accessible to everyone.  We NEED to provide our communities with adequate resources, care, and education to prevent people from reaching a crisis.

Because the people who need help sometimes look a lot like the people who don’t need help.

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SYNERGY ETHERAPY

With the suicide rate rising in particular among 10-24 year olds, we NEED to do more to teach coping skills and increase awareness about wellness resources.

According to the most recent data from the MN Department of Health 57 students between the ages of 13-19 completed suicide in Minnesota in 2019 and 12.7% of Minnesota students have seriously considered suicide within the last year! 3,066 students were hospital-treated in 2019 from self-harm injuries.

At least 835 Minnesotans died by suicide in 2022, preliminary in-state data indicates. According to the CDC, “Suicide rates increased approximately 36% between 2000–2021. Suicide was responsible for 48,183 deaths in 2021, which is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher.”

We talk often about knowing the signs of suicide and how important it is in suicide prevention. If we know the signs, we can better recognize the signs in loved ones, and can intervene if and when we recognize them. This is all very true. But what we don’t talk about enough is that while in some cases there are signs… in many cases there aren’t. For hotlines and crisis intervention to be effective it requires us to know that someone is in a crisis.

At Shout Out Loud our approach tends to be different as we believe that suicide doesn’t always have a ‘look’. It could be anyone! This is why we need to normalize the conversation around mental health and suicide. We need to be talking about suicide prevention in schools, in businesses, and in homes. We need to make mental health care and community resources accessible to everyone. We need to provide our communities with adequate resources, care, and education to prevent people from reaching a crisis.

Because the people who need help sometimes look a lot like the people who don’t need help.

Want to know something cool?

Our ENTIRE organization is made up of Volunteers.  Everyone involved volunteers their time, including Laura & Lisa and our Board of Directors.  It takes a village to Shout Out Loud!

Our annual event is FREE & FAMILY FRIENDLY with a focus on mental and physical wellness activities for all ages to enjoy.  Think of a backyard carnival with fun games, activities, music, food trucks, raffle prizes, and much more!  We want to bring in a multitude of diversity and be mindful in elevating the voices of our BIPOC community.

We are proud to announce that funding raised will go towards our school-based Mental Wellness and Coping Skills Program aimed at empowering students with tools and strategies for maintaining mental wellness.

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Shout Out Loud is dedicated to maintaining a workplace and service environment free from discrimination. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or any other protected status. This commitment applies to all aspects of employment and service delivery.