April 20, 2016 To Whom It May Concern:
Stand Against Suicide would like to inform all of our supporters that at the board meeting held this evening, it was decided that the best interest of Stand Against Suicide is to dissolve (end) as a nonprofit organization. Activities will continue through December 31, 2016 at which time the dissolution process will complete. We will participate in a couple of the scheduled events and continue peer based support groups on a different schedule. All merchandise will be sold at prices close to cost to enable us to continue funding our meeting place through the end of the year. Any assets remaining on December 31, 2016 will be sold and/or donated to organizations in the local area with a similar mission. Please understand that this was a very difficult decision for all of the board members, but at the current time this is the direction that is necessary for everyone involved.
We will be holding an open forum at SAS headquarters on Saturday, April 23 10am-12pm to help answer any questions you may have. Please do not comment or ask questions about this decision on Facebook or in messages to any of the board members. If you do you will be immediately blocked- no stipulations. We are more than willing to talk about the decision as a group, but not in our individual lives. This decision was made unanimously (ALL board members voted to dissolve) and is not to be seen in a bad light. As the board members we have a plan in place to continue support groups indefinitely (without the SAS name) and this will be discussed at the open forum.
Please do not make harsh comments that will hurt the ones that you love during this difficult time. The focus of Stand Against Suicide started as a way to show support to those suffering and it is the intent of individual members to continue to do this in a group setting only. We know that you are all saddened, but please realize that none of you are as sad as we are about the decision that had to be made. This organization is about mental health and we are keeping everyone’s mental health in mind while following through with this plan. We hope to see you on Saturday.
Thank you for your continued support.
Tara Dennee – President
Dory Curry – Vice President
Kelly Blackburn – Secretary
Louanne Weatherstone – Treasurer