Stop the Stigma ROC
promoting suicide prevention and raising awareness about mental health among youth
Stop the Stigma ROC (STS) is an organization that seeks to promote suicide prevention and raise awareness about mental health, specifically in youth (ages 10-25). As a youth-led organization we hope to do this through education and by providing a forum for open conversation and dialog. We feel the best way to prevent suicide is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Through conversation barriers are lessened between persons struggling with suicidal thoughts and needed professional help. We hope to connect those who need help with those who are able to provide help. The STS organization volunteers will not offer counseling services. In all cases for counseling we will refer any and all individuals to trained mental health professionals.
Events and Programs
Stop the Stigma Awareness Concert
A wonderful celebration of life, friendship, and music! Our yearly concert showcases youth talent and mental health awareness. It is sponsored by local businesses.
The concert has become an annual tradition with activities, load of bands and solo artists, food trucks, a silent auction, mental health agency representatives distributing resources, and speakers on the topics of suicide and mental health.
The Jordyn Keeley Memorial Art and Writing Competition
Thank all those who entered the Stop the Stigma ROC's second annual Jordyn Keeley Memorial Art and Writing Competition. This event raises awareness about the importance of developing resiliency and coping skills. By drawing attention to the challenges we all face, we hope to communicate feelings of empowerment and strength to all involved.
The 2019 theme was "This is the source of my strength."
In the News
Maeve Reed's quest: a community not afraid to talk about suicide
A Fairport teen has been working for the last several years to end the stigma around mental illness.
Maeve Reed lost her best friend to suicide when they were both freshmen in high school. At the time, Maeve said there was a silence about it, like people were sweeping her friend's death under the rug.
Her friend died by suicide. She took up the cause to stop the stigma.
Democrat & Chronicle
We cannot express the mixed emotions we feel about this being front page news - we are deeply sad and also hopeful. Many thanks to Patti Singer of the D&C for her sensitive interview.
"This Week We're Joined By"...Stop the Stigma ROC
Corey James sat down with Sam Kamp, a board member, for Stop the Stigma ROC to talk about what they've been up to and their benefit concert taking place on Saturday June 8th 2019.
Partners for Suicide Prevention
Partners for Suicide Prevention is a community coalition that promotes awareness and use of resources for all people of Monroe County to build hope and resilience.
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Please make checks payable to Stop the Stigma ROC.
c/o The Inn on Church
11 West Church St.
Fairport, NY 14450