Friends helping friends, in loving memory of Dylan Salge

The I'm Glad You Stayed Project strives to educate the public, especially teenagers, on real-time suicide prevention actions. We provide free resources such as wristbands, stickers and bag tags with the 988 suicide and crisis lifeline number on them, pamphlets on how to help your friend that is struggling with suicidal ideation, and offer free QPR training, in person or on Zoom, with the goal of saving the lives of those struggling with mental health and suicidal ideation. All of our resources are free, as well as our QPR training. We set up resource tables at school lunchrooms, events, and conferences. We are not professionals, just friends helping friends, trying to make a difference!

We are a federally recognized 501(c) non-profit and rely on volunteers to run our project. 

Photo by Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen
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QPR TRAINING

QUESTION. PERSUADE. REFER.- QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

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RESOURCE TABLES

FREE SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES

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BAG TAGS & HELMET STICKERS

YOU MATTER/ 988 BAG TAGS & HELMET STICKERS

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Goal 1

Get resources and information out to middle schools and high schools across the United States and globally.

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Goal 2

To ignite the conversation on mental health and suicide, and provide information that is not taught in schools.

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Goal 3

Prevent suicide and guide teens to free resources that can help them with their own safety or the safety of friends or family.

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Our I’m Glad You Stayed Project Ambassador responsibilities are: 
to share our IGYSP suicide prevention and awareness resources with your peers and community; complete Q.P.R. (Question. Persuade. Refer.) training and certification from us, either in person or on ZOOM within the first month; when available, help work the I’m Glad You Stayed Project table at organizational events and participate in any I’m Glad You Stayed Project sponsored events; approach your personal clubs, sports teams, organizations, or school counselors to ask if they would like to be provided with our complimentary IGYSP wristbands and pamphlets. (Refer them to this website to order.)
Guide anyone struggling to the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. 
Call 911 if someone approaches you who is in immediate crisis.
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Aftermath by Dottie Schley
Produced by the I'm Glad You Stayed Project
Filmed March 2022

A story about the aftermath of suicide, as told by a mother and friends. Thank you to Kylie Melloy, Deann Janis, and Hiruni Sumanasiri for sharing your photos with us to use in this film!

Abbey Schley

President & Founding Member

Deann Janis

Vice-President & Founding Member

Dottie Schley

Secretary, Q.P.R Trainer & Founding Member

Micki Salge

Treasurer & Founding Member

Sheila Pinter

Advisor

IAN PROBST

Marketing Lead & QPR Trainer

Haley Phoenix

Event Advisor, Fundraising Lead, & Speaker