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Tamami Gianfrancesco

Tamami Gianfrancesco

My brother had just turned 25 when he took his own life. My world changed that day. I no longer had a big brother, I no longer had someone to get advice from, I no longer had someone looking out for me, and I no longer had someone poking fun at me. I miss him so much, even those times he used to make fun of me. It's been 19 years now, but it still feels like yesterday. I saw my parents fall apart. I fell apart, not really knowing what was going on or how my mental state had changed. But one thing I promised myself was that I would never want anyone to feel the sadness we felt. That is why I am ALIVE and RUNNING. I live for my brother now, because I know he would want me to. There are many challenging days, where my depression gets the best of me, but I am learning how to cope now. I ask for more help and support from my friends and family by speaking up when I feel down, I talk to a therapist, and I give myself the self-care I need to get through the downs.

As I never got any help after my brother's suicide and the 1st hand trauma I experienced, I didn't know how it could affect me later in life. A dear friend found Didi Hirsch and we decided to go to a 8 session class last year. I was overwhelmed with emotion while I told my story, but it was much needed and I felt safe, heard, and understood. I am truly grateful for Didi Hirsch and all the support they provide for us, the Survivors and for those suffering from depression.

Thank you for viewing my page and supporting a cause.
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 $100 goal

Recent Donations

1. AFAlvin Fong
2. TGTraci Gianfrancesco
In honor of Eddie Ito! Love, Traci & Gino Gianfrancesco
3. WNWendi Nishikawa
4. SISean Ie
5. CCChristina Chian
Love what you wrote and love that you are running for this cause!
6. MKMae-Fay Koenig
We love you Tamami!
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