Why Suicide Awareness Matters

In the US, a suicide occurs every 12.95 minutes.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four.

These are not just distant statistics to Hopewell, NJ-resident, Lisa Sprague, who lost her oldest son to suicide in 2010. He was nineteen years old. “My husband’s life and mine will never be the same,” says Sprague, “but we will strive to find peace and happiness. We made our other children our top priority. They are survivors. We are survivors.”

Jordan Sprague

In the wake of this tragedy, it is the Spragues’ greatest wish to do everything they possibly can to raise awareness and support, and their fund is a legacy dedicated to a vibrant, passionate life. The fund’s mission is to give hope through awareness, understanding, and kindness.

On March 5, 2016, the Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund will host the third Freedom to Live Gala. This year’s Gala, a fundraiser in support of the Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center, will feature live music from the Bobby Bandiera Band, an incredible silent auction, dancing, scrumptious food, and cocktails.

The Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center is the world’s oldest and largest suicide prevention and crisis response network. A highly respected international organization, Samaritans supports those who experience distress, depression, and suicidal feelings, as well as their loved ones. The Samaritans Center, though based in New York, is the primary organization that serves victims and loved ones in New Jersey. The Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund will donate the proceeds of the Gala to the organization’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, support groups for those affected by suicide, and education programs on suicide prevention for teachers and school officials.

Samaritans has made prevention, awareness, education, and the removal of stigma its missions—and so has the Hopewell-based Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund. “My heart breaks when I hear about yet another suicide,” Sprague continues. “I will continue to raise money, awareness and I will get to see my son’s name in current time. This is all we can do, because we must survive and we must strive to make a difference.”

The Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund and the Freedom to Live Gala were founded by the Lisa and Rob Sprague. The Spragues live in Hopewell, NJ, and have six children. To this end, the Spragues and the Life Shines Fund seek to raise as much as possible to fight the ongoing struggle against suicide. The Gala will take place on March 5th from 7:30pm to 11:30pm at the Princeton Elks Lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman, NJ, 08558. The Gala promises to be a fun evening and welcomes any who wish to attend. The Life Shines Fund also welcomes business, corporate, and individual sponsors. To donate, purchase tickets, or become a sponsor, please visit

For more information on the Samaritans Center, please visit For more information on the Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund, please visit or call co-founder Lisa Sprague at 609-439-1548.

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