impact update
spring 2019
Every Brilliant Thing
Community Health Network sponsored the off-Broadway hit production Every Brilliant Thing to create awareness and provide resources to combat suicide because every life lost to suicide is one too many.

Community Sponsors Off-Broadway Hit, Every Brilliant Thing, as Part of the Zero Suicide Initiative

Suicide takes more Hoosier lives than homicide, and Indiana’s high school students rank among the highest in the nation for considering suicide. This is why Community Health Network launched the Zero Suicide Initiative. Since 2015, gifts from caring donors and grant support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have helped Community to build a far-reaching life-saving crisis network, promote mental health and raise awareness through outreach like the recent production of Every Brilliant Thing at Indiana Repertory Theatre.

What makes life worth living? From January 8 to February 10, the off-Broadway hit Every Brilliant Thing inspired audiences at Indiana Repertory Theatre to zero in on answers to that question.

Community was proud to sponsor the important production and also hosted panel discussions after several performances to give attendees the chance to interact with mental health professionals, learn more about suicide prevention and sign up for Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training.

“Suicide is preventable, treatment does work and recovery is possible.”
—Laurie Gerdt,
Community’s program manager for the Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth SAMHSA grant

Every Brilliant Thing aligns with Community Health Network’s message of providing hope,” says Laurie Gerdt, Community’s program manager for the Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth SAMHSA grant. “Although the play is about depression and suicide, it’s not a doom-and-gloom production. It’s about having hope, finding reasons to live and understanding that you’re worthwhile.

“My hope is that the play Every Brilliant Thing will raise awareness across Indiana that we all have emotions and feelings and will help destigmatize mental health and depression,” Laurie says. “Also that it will light a fire in people to do something actionable that is hope-giving.”

One of the most impactful ways to give hope, Laurie adds, is to support Community financially. “Donor support of our suicide prevention efforts is so important. It allows us to continue providing QPR training for free to the community at large. It helps us continue to promote our HaveHope.com website and messaging across the state. It helps train providers and people in the community to become more competent in suicide prevention.

“We have a motto—‘Suicide is preventable, treatment does work and recovery is possible.’ And it’s your donations that make this and all of Community’s outreach possible,” Laurie says.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Community Health Network. Your gifts are moving us closer to the goal of Zero Suicide, an initiative launched to save lives through intervention and prevention.