Woman offers hope through anti-suicide non-profit

Monday , August 24, 2015 - 6:45 AM7 comments

HUNTSVILLE — Laura Warburton wants losing her daughter to suicide to stand for something.

In addition to speaking out about teen suicide, the Huntsville woman now has started a non-profit agency called Live Hannah’s Hope: Empowering Youth.

The organization has caught the attention of the Weber County Commission and will be one of the recipients of donations from its annual fund-raising golf tournament Monday, Aug. 24.

“Suicide is an epidemic,” Warburton said. “The culture of shame that impedes the critical discussion of emotional and mental illness among our youth has to change.”

Hopelessness is the basis for suicide, Warburton said.

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“Talking leads to connection. Connection creates hope. Learning healthy thought process and self-awareness leads to productive lives.

The group will strive to raise funds for treatment and establish a community center for teen support groups, classes on effective living skills and managing electronics.

The group will establish an online location for success stories and social media outreach.

Warburton hopes it will be a force for encouraging continued legislative action.

To start, Warburton is looking for donations of time and money. She needs help with her website, advertising and management. She also is seeking mentors to help youth.

“If you’ve lived with depression for any reason, we want you to talk about it,” she says on information she distributes about the new group.

More information is available on Facebook at Live Hannah’s Hope, Twitter @livehannahshope, Instagram at Livehannahshope and on the website www.livehannahshope.org. Those interested in helping may contact Warburton on these sites.

Hannah Warburton died by suicide June 19, 2014, 18 months after she had sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident.

Her mother said Hannah’s death came after a long struggle with mental and emotional illness.

“Hannah’s hope was that she could be honest about her pain without fear of judgment, and to be healed so she could adventure all the days of her life,” Warburton said.

Hannah’s death was just one of 565 suicides in Utah in 2013, Warburton said.

In 2014, Utah’s number one cause of death in children ages 10-17 was suicide, Warburton said.

“Kids don’t want to die. They just want the pain to stop.”

The organization is meant to identify and offer healthy spiritual, emotional, physical and mental living practices needed to lead fulfilling, productive lives.

The organization is a 501(C)3 charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook. 

The troubling issue of teen suicide is the focus of the Standard-Examiner’s 2015 initiative. Through the year, the newspaper will explore the complex problem through a variety of stories, videos, photographs and graphics. The aim of the Teen Suicide Initiative is to raise awareness in our communities and to provide information about resources available to youth, parents and citizens to prevent such deaths.

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