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 beautiful boy whose story will forever be entwined with mine. Tyler was born 11 days after my first child entered the world, and I'm grateful to have had the privilege of knowing him his entire life. Due to many health challenges, Tyler was only with us on earth for 10 years, but his life continues to remind me that we are all fighting battles that others may not see, and that while we're here it's important to help make life a little less difficult for one another. With that spirit, my prayer is that Tyler's House KC will be a beacon of hope to young people who are trying to make sense of life's journey and who may need a little support along the way.
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 agrees to surround and encourage our young people because they matter. All of them. No exceptions.
Join us. A sense of connection and belonging is essential for everyone. There are 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)