A few weeks ago, I learned about a friend of a friend, Steven Ebert, a senior at Freeman High School, who started a Pepsi Refresh campaign– Hold Hope – to raise money for suicide prevention after his friend and classmate at Freeman High school committed suicide last May. The Stuart H. Slusher Memorial Scholarship Fund aims to educate students, faculty and parents on suicide prevention and create awareness of the magnitude of the problem. Through the end of May, you can vote daily for Hold Hope to receive a $50,000 grant from Pepsi Refresh.
On May 25th, at 7 p.m. Stuart Slusher’s mother, Alexandra Slusher, will speak on her personal experience with depression and teen suicide. Slusher will offer parents and the Henrico community the opportunity to learn about the sensitive and complex topics of depression and teen suicide. She will encourage parents to foster communication with their children and to get help when necessary. The Henrico County Schools Community is welcome to attend the lecture — being held at Moody Middle School — 7800 Woodman Road, Henrico, Va. 23228.