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"She took the loneliness away."

Crying uncontrollably for hours. Struggling to catch a breath. Pulling out her own hair. Magalie Alvarez, who had suffered mental and sexual abuse as a child, struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. But the 22-year-old professional Muay Thai fighter scared herself recently when she started thinking about driving her car off the freeway.

"When I felt like giving up, you were always there for me."

Melissa is grateful she can give her daughter, Mia, a life full of opportunities she never dreamed of for herself.

Born with methamphetamine in her system, Melissa was taken from her mom at birth and spent much of her young life in foster homes and her grandmother's care.

Didi Hirsch participates in MTV's Video Music Awards

Fifty Didi Hirsch clients, staffers, volunteers and friends—most of whom have attempted or lost someone to suicide—joined rapper Logic onstage for a powerful performance of his suicide prevention song, “1-800-273-8255,” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sun., Aug. 27.

Alive & Running 5K registration opens

Register or donate to Didi Hirsch's Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention and help save lives!

Go to: www.aliveandrunning.org

Kita S. Curry, PhD featured in LA Times story

July 19, 2017
People keep leaping to their deaths from iconic Pasadena bridge. How do we stop them?
By Steve Lopez

Didi Hirsch Launches 'Stigma' Video Campaign

In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, Didi Hirsch launched “Stigma,” a nationwide campaign that is aimed at erasing the stigma of mental illness: http://erasingthestigma.org/video/

The campaign includes a series of short videos that feature a diverse cross-section of Didi Hirsch clients, staffers, Board members and celebrities talking candidly about their or a family member’s experience with mental illness.

Didi Hirsch Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Leadership Awards

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services “Erasing The Stigma Leadership Awards” raised more than $670,000 at our annual event held April 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The evening, which celebrated Didi HIrsch's 75th Anniversary of service to the community, honored music icon Judy Collins, “Touched with Fire” writer/director Paul Dalio, and actress/filmmaker Anna Akana.

Didi Hirsch Bereavement Program Honored

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Bereavement Services program received a Spirit Community Partner Award from Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Beyond Loss – Bereavement Ministry and Grief Support Center during its 25th Anniversary Celebration and Recognition Event on Aug. 18.

Didi Hirsch Crisis Line Volunteer Heads New Glendale Police Mental Health Evaluation Team

"Earlier this year, [Officer] Colvin — who also volunteers for the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services suicide hotline — was reassigned to lead the Glendale Police Department's new Mental Health Evaluation Team, which consists of another officer and, starting in October, a Los Angeles County mental health clinician.

Didi Hirsch's Erasing the Stigma Raises $525,000

Didi Hirsch's 20th Anniversary Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards raised a record-setting $525,000.

"To find out that you guys are now starting something for people who attempted suicide and not letting them be ashamed about it is remarkable" said Melissa Rivers, who was honored with the Beatrice Stern Media Award.

"We have to talk about mental health. We have to talk about suicide. We have to be there for the survivors. I stand here as a proud suicide survivor who wants all mental health to come out of the shadows."


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