Bloom For Brandon
A Bloom Family Initiative
Passion, drive, and the desire to make a change is why most charities are born. Bloom is no different.
Led by Lisa and Carter Tremayne, in August 2017 this foundation was created to help moms who were suffering, and with the love, dedication of hard work of so many men and women we continue to do just that every day.
In November of 2018, we talked about casting a wider net. A net that would allow us to reach more women before they needed us. A preventative net so we could help BEFORE help was really needed. That was our 2019 agenda, but the best laid plans… well you know how that works.
Carter Tremayne‘s son, Brandon, took his own life on December 6th, and so we decided Bloom For Brandon would be the first step towards broadening our reach.
We do this for Brandon, for Carter, and for any one suffering from a mental disorder.
Our commitment is to use donations to continue to fight for those suffering from mental illness. We now have this permanent page “Bloom for Brandon” dedicated in Brandon’s memory where we will begin specifically addressing adolescent and teen suicide. We will do this by
1- Running “Call to Action” social media campaigns
2- Donate to vetted charities dedicated to fighting and raising awareness around adolescent and teen suicide
3- Create and continually refresh content on the “Bloom for Brandon” page that will include raising awareness, sharing stories and providing resources for those suffering or for those that know of a loved one suffering.
4- The Bloom Foundation will run an annual fundraising campaign in Brandon’s memory with proceeds going to a vetted charity(s) that focus on adolescent and teen suicide
If you would rather make a donation to an organization that specifically addresses suicide in teens and young adults, we suggest donating to:
If You Are In Need Of Immediate Help
Text HOME to 741741 to have a confidential text conversation with a trained crisis counselor from Crisis Text Line. Counselors are available 24/7.
Know The Warning Signs
The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide. (courtesy of National Institute of Mental Health)
- Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
- Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
- Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
- Talking about great guilt or shame
- Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
- Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Using alcohol or drugs more often
- Acting anxious or agitated
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
- Talking or thinking about death often
- Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
- Giving away important possessions
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
- Putting affairs in order, making a will
If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently. One resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.
What Leads To Suicide
There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions go on to engage in life.
Stories Of Hope and Recovery
|Common misconceptions about suicide|
|Myth: People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.
Fact: Almost everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Don’t ignore even indirect references to death or suicide. Statements like “You’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” “I can’t see any way out,”—no matter how casually or jokingly said—may indicate serious suicidal feelings.
|Myth: Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy.
Fact: Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane. They must be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing, but extreme distress and emotional pain are not necessarily signs of mental illness.
|Myth: If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop them.
Fact: Even the most severely depressed person has mixed feelings about death, wavering until the very last moment between wanting to live and wanting to die. Most suicidal people do not want death; they want the pain to stop. The impulse to end it all, however overpowering, does not last forever.
|Myth: People who die by suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help.
Fact: Studies of suicide victims have shown that more than half had sought medical help in the six months prior to their deaths.
|Myth: Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
Fact: You don’t give a suicidal person morbid ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true—bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do.
|Source: SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education|