Thirteen Reasons Why…Teen Suicides are on the Rise

The Netflix film Thirteen Reasons Why has created a buzz around the topic of teen suicide. While many experts in the field have denounced the film for various reasons, the one good thing that has resulted is the increased conversation on the topic.


As many as three-fourths (75%) of people who attempt suicide will tell someone of their intention.But when they tell us, do we take them seriously?Do we know what to do?Or do we tremble at the thought?Do we remain silent, walk away in their time of need, and “hope for the best”?*******The Tom Karlin Foundation’s tagline is Talk Listen ACT.Very early in the pain and grief of losing Tom when the tagline was first created, “act” simply meant “to act” – to take action.It turns out that ACT is an acr…

Walking a Tightrope

Quiz: On average, once a person becomes depressed, how long is it before they get professional help?Possible Answers: Two months? Ten months? Two years?

I Struggled With Mental Illness

I struggled with mental illness.There, I said it.The first part of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health is to admit it. And so, to you, my friends – and to the entire world – I admit that I struggled with mental illness.I share my story for two reasons: one, to make a tiny, little dent in removing the stigma surrounding mental health; and, two, to encourage you to seek help if you or someone you love is suffering from a mental health issue.My struggle with mental health was with intense…

Spring Symposium

We are currently seeking organizations to participate in the Symposium. This includes not-for-profits, governmental agencies, clubs and churches. If you are a member of or are familiar with such an organization, please provide contact information We will then contact the organization regarding specifics for this invitation-only event.

Joe Karlin's Testimony on Jason Flatt Act

On January 26th, Joe Karlin gave the following testimony before the Kansas Senate Education Committee in support of the Jason Flatt Act requiring suicide prevention training for school district personnel. 

A Victory Shines Through

My ears are ringing from the screams coming from above. They were at it again. My sister and my dad had engaged in another combat of words most likely about her future after graduating from high school.

Joe Karlin

Joe Karlin is the founder and President of the Tom Karlin Foundation.Joe is a bank consultant and a small-business owner. Joe serves on the Lenexa City Council, is a member of the United Community Services of Johnson County’s Drug and Alcohol Council, and is on the advisory board of CHASE, an organization that seeks to unite individuals and families impacted by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with their community. Joe’s oldest son, Tom, took his own life on November 5, 2011. Joe and his wife, Amy, are parents to three other children. The family is active with various activities at Shawnee Mission West High and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

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