Dear Friend of SOSL,
I am Jenni Morel, and I have served as SOSL’s Director of Development for the past two years. I found my way to SOSL a few years after I lost my big brother, Joey, to suicide. At the time, I was nearly broken, wounded, and silenced. After Joey died, I chose not to talk about his death – for years. The people I was surrounded by, including at work and new friends, had no idea that I was grieving the loss of a sibling.
In so many ways, I was protecting myself from the looks of pity and the “oh, you poor thing!” exclamations. Generally people do not know what to say in response to death, grief, loss. Coupled with a suicide death, people can truly be at a loss for the right words. It took me a few years to come to a place where I was ready to break the silence and stand in my truth. Once I did, a floodgate opened, and I wanted to step into a place to be a mouthpiece for suicide support and prevention.
As a suicide loss survivor, what I really needed was for someone to put their arm around me and tell me that eventually it won’t hurt so much, that eventually day-to-day life will come to a new normal and not be such a struggle. At SOSL this is what I found, exactly what I needed to turn the tide away from silence and confusion, toward hope and healing.
I now speak openly about Joey’s death, and more importantly, about his life. I share stories about the ways in which he helped shape the person I am today. I also make it a point to honor the journey that I have been on. None of this has been easy. While, I still have, and always will have, days where I am simply broken-hearted, I also see the depth of compassion that was born of this loss. The ability to shrug off the little things, and not take life’s minor problems so seriously. There is a perspective that deep trauma can eventually grant to us – and that is an appreciation for our memories, the present moment, and for Love, the greatest gift in life.
This organization is a blessing to me, and daily I see that it is a blessing for so many others. I am writing to you today because May is Mental Health Month, and this serves as a time to heighten awareness about mental health and suicide. Please join us in honoring May as Mental Health Month by making a donation to SOSL!
SOSL needs your financial help. In 2014 we had a phenomenal year, and we were able to help thousands of people in our survivor community because of generous donations from people like you.
In 2014, we Received 3 Awards!
Community Choice Award 2014, from Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)
Outstanding Service Award 2014, from the Suicide Prevention Council
Innovative Partnership Award, from Recovery International
Held 162 Support Groups
In San Diego County – including closed groups, CAHM Forum groups, and private groups held for organizations/families.
Participated in 37 speaking engagements
Including providing 13 suicide prevention trainings (QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer trainings).
In 2014, we also:
Help us continue this work by making a tax deductable donation today! Your contribution will directly impact those affected by the suicide loss of a loved one. Please use the enclosed envelope, or donate online at www.SOSLsd.org.
Thank you for your support. And please know that we are here to support you in your healing journey.
Director of Development, SOSL
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