Pamela Kluft Joins Didi Hirsch Board
For Immediate Release
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Beverly Hills Philanthropist joins
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Board of Directors
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. June 2, 2015—After Pamela Kluft’s sister died by suicide in 2012, the Beverly Hills philanthropist was stunned by how many people confided in her that they had also lost a loved one to suicide but never felt comfortable talking about it.
Kluft didn’t want silence to swallow her pain or her sister’s memory. Instead, she joined Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Survivors After Suicide program, which includes bereavement support groups, semiannual reunions and other activities for people who have suffered the trauma of a loved one’s suicide. Effective today, she is taking her involvement one step further by joining the nonprofit’s Board of Directors to help get out the message that hope and help is available to people in need.
“Suicide is such a unique loss,” Kluft says. “After I lost my sister, I needed to be around other people who had a similar experience. When I found out that Didi Hirsch offered free bereavement groups, I wanted to get involved and to give back as much as I could to help people less fortunate than myself get services.”
Kluft’s sister, Beth Joy Fried, the mother of three adult children, was “beautiful, hard-working and conscientious,” but suffered from depression.
“She didn’t let her closest family members and friends know about her pain,” Kluft says. “If we had known what she was feeling, we would have done anything we could to help. She might be alive today.”
A resident of Beverly Hills since xx, Kluft was an active school volunteer while her children were growing up. Kluft, who has a bachelor’s degree in child development from California State University at Northridge, also volunteers every week as a reading mentor at Wonderland Avenue elementary school, which she attended as a child.
A renowned baker who counts Mah-jongg and reading among her hobbies, Kluft is dedicating her resources to suicide prevention and to efforts to erase the stigma of mental illness, which prevents many people from getting help and can sometimes lead to the tragedy of suicide.
“People are at such a loss, they don’t know where to turn after they lose someone to suicide,” Kluft says. “I want to get the word out that there is a crisis hotline and services for people contemplating suicide and for those who unfortunately have survived the suicide of a family member, coworker or friend. I want to expose people to the services Didi Hirsch provides.”
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