American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Indiana Chapter
May 2011 Vol 1, Issue 1
Overnight 2011

Breaking the Silence

AFSP Indiana Newsletter

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Indiana will be hosting 8 Out of the Darkness Community Walks for 2011


Please be sure to register online at 



May Campus Walks

Join us 2 campus walks in May! 


Columbus Indiana on May 14th


McCutcheon High School on May 15th


AFSP Supported Study Finds Genetic Link

Genetic Link

AFSP-Supported Study Identifies Genetic Link to Attempted Suicide

Findings Could Lead to New Avenues of Treatment Research

Virginia Willour, Ph.D., and colleagues at Johns Hopkins, reporting in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, have identified a small chromosome region that is associated with increased risk for attempted suicide.

This region on chromosome 2 contains four genes, including the ACP1 gene, where researchers found higher levels of the ACP1 protein in the brains of people who have attempted suicide. This protein is thought to influence the same biological pathway as lithium, a medication known to reduce the rate of suicidal behavior.

The researchers say the findings could lead to better suicide prevention efforts by providing new directions for research and drug development. The study was funded by grants from AFSP and the National Institute of Mental Health.

"We have long believed that genes play a role in what makes the difference between thinking about suicide and actually doing it," said Dr. Willour, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "What's promising are the implications of this work for learning more about the biology of suicide and the medications used to treat patients who may be at risk."Know your target audience. Who are your most important customers, clients or prospects, and why? Know what is important to them and address their needs in your newsletter each month. Include a photo to make your newsletter even more appealing. Add a "Find out more..." link to additional information on your website.


In This Issue
May Campus Walks
AFSP Research
Remembrance Jewelry
Toolkit for Schools
Best Practices Registry
Survivor Spotlight
The Overnight in New York
Ride to Silence the Stigma
Safe Messaging LGBT
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After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
Toolkit for Schools

Schools get much needed Guidance for coping with a suicide loss

The new "Toolkit" addresses concerns of staff, students & parents

AFSP and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, two of the nation's leading organizations devoted to suicide prevention, are proud to announce the release of After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, a free, online resource to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide.
Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention
AFSP and SPRC Registry

AFSP and SPRC Continue to Develop and Maintain Online Registry of Best Practices for Suicide Prevention

The Evidence-Based Practices Project identifies, reviews and disseminates information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The information on best practices in suicide prevention are listed in the Best Practices Registry.

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Survivor Spotlight- Kisha Allman - Columbus Indiana


My name is Kisha Allman, I am a suicide survivor due to the loss of my father on June 28, 2008.  Through my grieving process I have chosen to become an advocate for suicide prevention.


From my pain I have developed a constructive therapy and a need to reach out to others.


Like most others, I had great childhood memories, and some that were not so great.  My parents had a struggling relationship.  There was a lot of drinking and a lot of fighting from time to time.  By the time I was 14, the stresses in my parents relationship became more than they could handle.  They divorced and went their separate ways. 


After a few relationships, my father met a woman who made him happy.  The relationship changed him in some way.  He had been unhappy for quite sometime and now it was different.  Unfortunately, a month after their engagement, she was killed in a car accident.  He was crushed. Devastated.  After this tragic accident, he spent some time living with me and eventually started dating another woman.  I know he loved her after awhile but he just never got over the loss of his fiancÚ. 


My father was self-employed and was building his third house when things started to not work out with his current girlfriend.  She moved out and his behavior really started to change.  He didn't try to hide the fact that he wasn't happy.  In fact, he told me he would one day end his life.  I had a fear for many years that suicide was always a possibility. Imagine walking around knowing your father may one day decide to take his own life.


April 21, 2008 was the night I started to lose my dad.  It was a Wednesday around 9:30 in the evening.  My phone rang and it was my father.  He sounded strange and was talking about things that did not make sense.  He told me he was sitting in his truck and couldn't go inside.  My Dad did not want to go inside.  It was only him and my 10 year old brother at home.  I talked to him for a few hours and he finally said he was going to bed.  I was terrified.


My dad called me the next day and he was worse.  He said things that really made me scared.  I met my little brother at the bus stop, took him to get some clothes, and took him home with me.  Caleb has lived with me ever since. 


About a week went by, and he missed my sons baseball game he had promised to be at.  I just had this feeling in the pit of my stomach.  I called my older brother, Jonathan and told him he should go check on him.  By the time he reached his house, Jonathan found him locked in the garage with the truck running.  It had been quit some time.  My Dad was lying on the ground.  My brother opened the doors, pulled him out and called 911.  Our Dad was rushed to the hospital and one more time, had his brush with death.  Only this time was different.  I was determined it was my responsibility to get my Dad some help.  After awhile, a nurse came to me with some papers to sign that would commit him to the mental health ward for a period of time.  I knew this was what had to be done no matter how mad he was going to be. 

He stayed for two weeks.  Some days he would make it look like he was accepting of what they were trying to teach him.  Other days, he made it clear to me he would kill himself when he got out. 


I found out I was pregnant while he was there.  This, I thought, would be the answer to our prayers!  I thought this would make my Dad happy in some way and he would try to get better.  The day came, when his therapist called and said the hospital was releasing him.  I begged them not to.  I knew he wasn't ready yet but they disagreed.  He came to stay with us.   A few days later, I had a miscarriage and lost the baby that I felt we so badly needed to bring joy to our dark world.  We were all devastated! 

He took this pain upon himself and the grief caused his behavior to get worse.


After not speaking to my Dad for two days, I knew in my heart it was time to look for him.  Once I got to his home, I didn't like what I saw.  Placement of certain things made it obvious that the outcome of that day would be the worst day of my life.  I just had a gut feeling.  The only problem at this point was where to look.  He had 42 acres of land.  So I began driving around.  After getting a little scared of the task at hand, I called my 24 year old brother, Jonathan.  He was there in no time and took over the looking.  After a period of time that seemed like forever, I heard the scream.  The scream from my brother is embedded in my head forever.  I just dropped to my knees and began crying.  My father had hung himself just across the property line. 


Two and a half years have now passed as I sit down to write this. In hopes to inspire others, I have found it to be very therapeutic to share my story and to be a listening ear to others who may know my struggle.  


~ Kisha is now the chair of the first Campus Out of the Darkness Walk in Columbus Indiana scheduled for May 14th, bringing awareness and AFSP resources to her community, in memory of her Father.   

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The Overnight returns to "The Big Apple" June 4th-5th
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The 18 mile Overnight Walk will take place this year in New York City on June 4th & 5th.  If you live in Indiana and plan to attend, please register for this event under the Indiana Chapter team, and 25% of what you raise will come back to the Indiana Chapter for local programs. 


Register online to walk on the Indiana Chapter TeamHERE 

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June Motorcycle Rides for AFSP Indiana
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The 2nd Annual Ride to Silence the Stigma will take place on June 11th at Harley Davidson of Indianapolis on the Northside of Indianapolis on East 96th street.  Please register online to help us prepare for the event and ensure we have enough food for everyone.  Register online at or click on the Ride title at the top of this section.

Lake County is also hosting an AFSP Indiana Ride to Silence the Stigma on June 12th starting at the courthouse in Crown Point.  This event should be posted to the AFSP website to begin registration in the next few days, but if you have any questions, please contact Carly Petersen at 
Recommendations for Safe Messaging & the LGBT community
LGBT Recommendations
Posted on the AFSP website are recommendations for safe messaging about suicide in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This new document, titled Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations, was developed through a partnership of AFSP, the Johnson Family Foundation, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Movement Advancement Project and several other LGBT organizations. It provides detailed recommendations for safely discussing LGBT suicide in both traditional and social media, while at the same time expanding public conversations about the well-being of LGBT people, promoting the need for family support and acceptance, and encouraging help-seeking by LGBT people who may be contemplating suicide.
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WNBA Fever Community Spotlight Night

AFSP Indiana & Indiana Cares

June 28th at 7pm

Please purchase tickets through the link provided :  and the password is AFSP

It is a pleasure to serve our Hoosier communities as we strive to raise awareness & educate, provide programs and help those in need find resources, encourage and inspire those living with a depressive illness, those that have attempted suicide, and survivors of suicide loss!.  We are a community, We can learn from each other, We can educate others and We can make a difference.  Together we will be heard~ We will stand together!


*To Learn more about AFSP funded research*

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*To Learn More about the ISP program for Colleges "Save our Students"*

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*To Learn More about AFSP's LGBT Initiative*

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*To Learn More about the More Than Sad Program "Save our Students"*

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Peace & Blessings,

Lisa Brattain - Chapter Chair

& the AFSP Indiana Board of Directors

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Indiana Chapter ~ 2010 Chapter of the Year for a Mid-Size Market


P.O. Box 1793

Noblesville, Indiana 46061

Join our efforts to Silence the Stigma of Suicide and Depression!

In the US, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes.  Every 16 minutes, someone is left to make sense of this tragic loss.