Hanna4Hope & Suicide Prevention at Children's
Did you Know???
· Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among teens, accounting for more deaths than cancer, diabetes, asthma, and other medical illnesses combined.
· If identified early, suicide is preventable with appropriate treatment and care.
· In 2011, 11% of high school students in Texas attempted suicide.
· Many children and adolescents with suicidal thoughts and behavior are seen at Children’s Health. Care is provide in the Psychiatry Inpatient Program, the Psychiatry Day Treatment program, the Emergency Room and medical areas, Psychiatry Outpatient Services, and in the new intensive outpatient program for adolescents with suicidal behaviors: SPARC (Suicide Prevention and Resiliency at Children’s)
Hanna 4 Hope, Inc. is a non-profit foundation established to bring teenage suicide, one of the leading causes of death among today’s youth, to the forefront of communities. Our mission is to educate families and community leaders on the possible signs of suicide and to provide a variety of resources for parents, teens, and community organizations. Through charitable donations, fundraisers and other community-based events, Hanna 4 Hope endeavors to reduce suicide’s devastating effects on the lives of our youth, their families, friends, and loved ones.
Our Story by the Clark's
Staring at each other with the four walls closing in on us, knowing that our 15 year old beautiful daughter with that contagious laughter – would never come out of her bedroom again to greet us, weighed deeply on our hearts.
After Hanna Kay took her own life on April 25, 2013, our purpose in life was now a mystery. Taking her to school, going to volleyball games on weekends, working on homework, going on vacation, spending good quality time with her, that was our purpose before that horrific day. With the help of God’s strength, family and wonderful friends, and relying on Hanna Kay's favorite verse Phil 4:13, we were able to move forward in a positive direction.
Then came along the idea of the Hanna4Hope Foundation. Just knowing that we were able to do something constructive out of what happened to our beautiful daughter was worth getting out of bed each morning. We wanted so much to let people know the real Hanna Kay Clark and that the thought of suicide amongst our youth today is greater than ever before. By creating this Foundation of Hope, we know that our daughter did not die in vain and that we have to spread the word about teen suicide. It is our sincere hope that the Foundation will make a difference in someone's life and that no family has to experience this type of loss. As we have said from the beginning, "If this can happen to my family, it can happen to any family out there." Our purpose in life now is clear – it is to educate families and community leaders on the possible signs of suicide and to provide a variety of resources for parents, teens, and community organizations.
The Hanna4Hope Foundation is all about bringing awareness and education of teenage suicide to the community. It is for anyone that wants to listen, both young or old. We have board members, directors, committee members and a teen committee that passionately volunteer and devote their time and hard work to the cause. With the help of wonderful sponsors and charitable donations from Rusty Wallis and others, we have been able to host events and raise money and awareness. Children's Health Department of Psychiatry is our partner and graciously has accepted our donations to their wonderful SPARC program.
We will continue to move forward in a positive direction. This is what Hanna Kay would want and expect from us. We still hear her contagious laughter and we still wait and hope she will come out from her room to greets us with that beautiful smile. But until then, we will do everything in our power to honor her for her short life and the incredible privilege to have her be called our daughter for 15 years. We will see you in Heaven, our beautiful angel.
Raina and Tim Clark
Founders - Hanna4Hope Foundation
Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children's
· SPARC is an innovative Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Children's Health that focuses on reducing risk for self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The SPARC program allows patients from the Psychiatry inpatient program to continue to receive intensive suicide specific treatments for several weeks after their discharge from inpatient care. The program also provides intensive treatment to patients in the community who are high risk for suicidal behavior who do not require inpatient care, yet need increased support to prevent suicide attempts. The program helps transition children to outpatient care in the community.
· Our programs provide for excellent clinical care, education of future practitioners, and research into improved treatments and prevention of suicidal behavior in children and adolescents.
· National experts in comprehensive suicide treatment of children and adolescents are here at UTSW and Children's Health.
The Psychiatry Service at Children’s Health provides comprehensive treatment to children and adolescents with psychiatric problems, including suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Our program is nationally recognized for its expertise in the research and treatment of depression and suicidality. Care is provided at different levels of intensity: inpatient care, day treatment care, intensive outpatient care (SPARC), outpatient care, as well as consultative services that are available to patients in the medical areas of the hospital. The SPARC intensive outpatient program provides treatment specifically for adolescents with suicidal behaviors.