Suicide Prevention Awareness Coalition
Community collaboration shared with the concern of the suicide rate in Jackson County led to the formation of our suicide prevention awareness coalition, A.L.I.V.E. (Awareness; Listening; Informative; Vigilance; Engaged). Since the formation of this coalition, a community toolkit assessment (list name here) was completed to help guide the coalition with the future work in helping Jackson County become mentally healthier. In September of 2020, our first Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign was launched in Jackson County. Mental health referral rack cards were distributed both digitally and paper copies and suicide prevention lifeline information was displayed in both Seymour and Brownstown.
A.L.I.V.E. Coalition Members
Meet our A.L.I.V.E. Coalition Members...
Kate is employed with Seymour Community School Corporation where she has served as a counselor and school administrator. Kate is the mother of two sons, Zachary and Xavier, and wife to her patient and kind husband, Wes. Kate is a graduate of Perry Central High School. She has attended Indiana State University, Columbus State University, and Ball State University. Kate holds certification as a school counselor, school administrator, Indiana educator, and is a nationally certified counselor. She is passionate that every individual is afforded their opportunity for success and is vigilant in the fight to remove any barriers that stand in the way.
I am the Health and Human Sciences Educator with Purdue Extension in Jackson County. It is an honor to serve on the Suicide Prevention coalition and to promote awareness and education around mental health. It is a team effort to help with addressing the mental health needs of our community and I look forward to continuing engaging community partners to further this work.
Hello, I'm Emily Sommers. I have been a licensed clinical social worker for 15 years and am a Guidance Counselor at Jennings County High School. I love to help people be the best possible version of themselves! I joined the Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coalition to help raise awareness about suicide prevention and ensure that our county residents know of resources available to them should they or their friends and families need them.
I am the County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Educator for Purdue Extension Jackson County. I am involved in this work because my passion has always been to work with youth to assist them in developing to their fullest potential. I look forward to educating youth and the community on the importance of taking care of our mental health.