Camille joined the SOSL Board quietly and cautiously in 2005, just months after she lost her son, Brett, to suicide. Camille lost her brother, Joseph, to suicide in 1977. As she became more comfortable about us and what we do, she soon discovered her niche: The Speakers’ Bureau.
Camille took her story and turned it into a PowerPoint slide presentation about her 22-year-old son, Brett. Since joining the board, she has delivered over 30 presentations, reaching more than 2,000 young adults spanning from junior high school to college levels. Her presentation delivers startling statistics, encourages students to ask for help and saves lives.
Camille says: “I realized that the stigma of suicide had not changed since my brother took his life in 1977. When I lost my son so tragically on Thanksgiving Day in 2004, I had all this energy to do something about it. We knew my brother was suicidal and although he was being treated and on watch, he found a way to end his pain.
With my son, it came very unexpectedly and as a total surprise. When I decided to speak at my son’s Memorial, I received so much feedback about the effectiveness of my message; I decided to continue delivering it. I am amazed at how many young adults not only attend the presentations, but they also ask for help when the presentation is over. I thank SOSL for the opportunity to allow me to help others, because in doing so, it helps me to further heal.”