a Message from our Founder
They’re everywhere. Stories of loss and struggle. Stories of survival and strength. I’m always humbled and amazed by the weight of the things people carry. With the alarming statistics on suicide, it is clear that some things are just too heavy to carry alone.* Our best hope is that someone would come alongside to help us lift…or help us set things down.
Many years ago, the dream of Tyler’s House was born as I sought to find a way to honor and remember the life of a ten-year-old boy whose story will forever be intertwined with my own. While the gift of sharing his last moments didn’t always seem like a gift, I have come to understand that within every trial there is a treasure. It took time, additional challenges, and some shifts in perspective to understand the fullness of the lessons learned and to be ready to move forward.
There are many people coming together to bring this vision to reality, a true community that cares deeply and is willing to wrestle with the tough questions, a community that knows it doesn’t have to agree on everything, but agrees to care for our young people because they matter. All of them. No exceptions.
Join us. Connectedness is not just for them. It’s for you, too. There are so, so many ways to be involved, and what you bring to the table is important.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead
*(In the U.S.) Suicide ranks as the fourth leading cause of death for people ages 35-54, and the second for 10- to 34-year-olds. It remains the 10th leading cause of death overall. (Source: NCHS Data Brief No. 330)
In Johnson County KS, there is one suicide every 4 days. Additionally, with those deaths, there are several attempts made. (Source: KDHE-KIC 2018)