You can make a difference in the lives of friends, family members, classmates, and co-workers by taking these simple steps.


  • Give your attention, not advice
  • Don’t be judgmental or sworn to secrecy
  • Offer hope
  • Voice your concerns


  • Listen and watch for warning signs of depression and suicide
  • Invite people to share their feelings
  • Take time to let the person express feelings, don’t lecture or debate, don’t be shocked


  • Acknowledge: the person’s pain; don’t minimize it
  • Care: express care and concern
  • Treatment: go with the person to a counselor, coach, or parent; call 911 if someone is making a suicide threat

Check out the resources on our blog.

Note: The Tom Karlin Foundation is not a counseling service. If you or someone you love needs help, please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255. If this is an emergency go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

Donate Now!

Thanks for being a lifeline! When you donate to the Tom Karlin Foundation you help us improve the quality of teen’s lives, increase awareness of depression, and prevent teen suicides. 

The Tom Karlin Foundation is a 501C3 charitable organization.

Donate by Mail:

Please send checks to:

Tom Karlin Foundation
17707 W 83 Terrace
Lenexa KS 66219-8139

Donate Online: 

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When you shop at AmazonSmile and designate Tom Karlin Foundation as your charity, TKF receives .5% of the purchase price. All of the same amazing items you purchase at are available through AmazonSmile–the difference is–a portion of your purchase benefits the Tom Karlin Foundation. Thank you for all the ways you give and serve!

Speaking Engagements

The Tom Karlin Foundation seeks to increase awareness of depression and prevent teen suicides. We speak regularly to teens and adults in various community settings:
  • school assemblies
  • church groups
  • classroom presentations, ie leadership 
  • community groups
  • businesses
If you are interested, please fill out the contact form on the about page.


Join the Teen Advisory Board

TKF’s Teen Advisory Board provides valuable input to the Foundation and connection to its core audience.

What is the TAB?
The Tom Karlin Foundation Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will represent teen students’ perspective, and support our work to promote positive mental health attitudes, prevent teen suicides, and improve teen quality of life. TAB will advise TKF withfeedbackon existing efforts and programs,assist in the development of new initiatives, andengagetheir high schools and communities and young adults in metro KC in spreading awareness about emotional health issues and suicide prevention.

What’s expected of TAB members?

TAB members should expect to spend 2-4 hours per month working with TKF. These activities may include providing feedback and project updates, promoting and participating in events at high schools and in the community, and meeting with other TAB members.

What are the benefits?

Members of TKF TAB will know that their work directly and significantly benefits its community – it is literally a matter of life and death. They will have the opportunity to interact with like-minded teens and adults to make difference in our corner of the world. And, of course, civic and charitable involvement always looks great on a resume!

How to apply:

Current students in good academic standing, who are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) in Johnson County, are eligible to apply for membership on TKF TAB. Applications will be accepted for the 2016-2017 school year in the fall of 2016.

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