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Mental Health and Suicide

It's time to stop the stigma

At David O'Connell Memorial Fund, our goal is not only remember David but also to help remove the stigma around mental health.  Like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and others, mental health is something you can't see but that doesn't mean it isn't real.  

The lie that asking for help with mental health issues means you are weak needs to stop.  It only means you have an illness.

Roughly 132 people per day die by suicide.  Depression and PTSD affect our military, police, firefighters, EMTs, and frankly, everyone.  

If you or someone you know needs help, please try the resources below.

Having a mental health issue?

If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

Jana Marie Foundation

A Central PA organization dedicated to the mental well being of youth.


Tides is a grief support organization that has helped Dave's family.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A 24/7, free, and confidential support for those needing help and their loved ones.


National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives

Saving those who save others.

Firefighter Behavorial Health Alliance

The mission of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance is to collaborate, develop and implement behavioral health awareness, prevention, intervention, and post crisis strategies to provide firefighters with an easily accessible and confidential source of information.

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