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Laura Ornest

Laura Ornest

Dear Family and Friends,

My mother’s brother took his own life when I was 4 years old. He was 28. It was a tragedy that shaped my mother’s life and impacted our family’s life. The narrative we were told growing up was that Uncle Irv died of a brain disease. My parents were too ashamed to say he had mental illness and killed himself.

Rick’s grandfather took his own life. Rick didn’t find out the truth until he was an older adult.

I’ve been on the board of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services for many years and am in awe of the work the organization does.

Please support us on the 5k walk/run for Suicide Prevention by joining us September 29. It's an inspiring Sunday morning. If you can’t be with us, please donate. Every dollar helps.

With love,
Laura and Rick


Suicide rates nationwide have risen over 30% among almost every age group, gender, ethnicity and financial status. In 2018, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide—more than by car accidents or homicide. And for every death by suicide, about 30 people attempt it.

Please join me in supporting Didi Hirsch’s 21st annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on Sunday, Sept. 29.

The event is the only one that supports Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center—the first and most comprehensive in the United States and a national resource for healing and hope. Their doors are open to anyone who has been touched by suicide—regardless of their ability to pay. But they need your help to continue providing their lifesaving services.

Please register, donate, sponsor or volunteer for Alive & Running today.
Your support helps:

- SAVE LIVES by training crisis counselors for our 24/7 multilingual Crisis Line, where calls have quadrupled in the last 10 years;

- STRENGTHEN THE SAFETY NET by teaching more students, teachers, parents, firefighters, police officers and mental health professionals to recognize and respond to warning signs;

- PROVIDE HEALING by offering more therapy and support groups to suicide attempt and loss survivors, and special groups for teens bereaved by suicide;

- ADVANCE THE FIELD by partnering with university researchers developing and testing new programs in suicide prevention.

Founded in 1958, Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center has innovated many of the strategies that are used at other centers around the United States—and world. In response to rising demand, Didi Hirsch relocated its Center to a new building in Century City last year. Since we opened the doors, many people have seen the sign and come in for help.

With your support, we can save more lives! Please register, donate or sponsor today!


raised of $500 goal

Recent Donations

1. pwPamela Weisberg
2. WAWendi Anton
Thank you for always being so involved! We love Didi Hirsch!
3. GLGenevieve Leslie
4. Laura Ornest

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