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About one in four adults experiences some type of mental illness in a year, some types are very minor and others are very significant. Children and youth also have significant rates of mental illness. Approximately, 35,000 Americans commit suicide every year. Yet, despite these startling statistics, mental health is a topic that is difficult to discuss in some families, workplaces and other important organizations.
On the evening of January 11th, 2008, Kaleigh and Shane Lambert, along with their aunt Marci Thibault, lost their lives due to an unimaginable incident on a Massachusetts highway. We founded Keep Sound Minds in 2008 to honor our young children and our twin sister (in-law) to increase awareness about the importance of education and improved treatment of mental illness. Most importantly, we want everyone to understand that Marci Thibault was a loving and caring person who always wanted to help others. Marci enjoyed children very much and worked as a daycare provider, field hockey & gymnastics coach. Everyone who knew her realized that Marci was generous, sincere and always thought of others before herself. In her right mind, Marci would never think of hurting herself or another human being, especially her beloved niece and nephew. The highway incident was the result of Marci experiencing a sudden, unexpected psychotic or delusional relapse. Marci and our young children, along with our entire family have suffered the consequences of misunderstood, unrecognized serious mental illness. We believe flawed policies and lack of information and education regarding mental health contributed to this tragedy. The goal of Keep Sound Minds is to change that. With increased knowledge of the complexities of the mind through education and research, many lives could be improved and saved. In the last six years, Keep Sound Minds has grown to include many volunteers and professionals who have seen the impact of untreated mental illness.
Ken and Danielle Lambert and the Keep Sound Minds
Board of Directors
We hope to prevent similar incidents from
occurring by improving society’s understanding and management of mental health issues. See more information on Keep Sound Mind activities here. Resources for Family's dealing with Mental Illness are available here. Mental health education and suicide prevention programs in schools is critical, resources are here.
Mental Health Statistics
Keep Sound Minds is pleased to announce the release of the documentary film:
"Samaritans - You Are Not Alone."
The film was co-produced by Keep Sound Minds and the Samaritans. The mission of the Samaritans is "to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. We accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, non-judgmental, and compassionate listening." The 43 minute film showcases the work of the Samaritans and their work with suicide prevention and support for survivors. It is our hope that this documentary will be shown widely in schools and to community groups with the goal of providing education about suicide prevention and resources. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a showing for your group.
There will be two showings in New Hampshire:
September 9, 2015: Concord NH. 6:30 PM. On NHTI campus
October 7, 2015: The Loft, Portsmouth, NH, 7PM
Massachusetts showings to be scheduled shortly
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