Creating hope, preventing suicide

Childhood may evoke images of care-free days for some, but many kids experience a darker reality. Mental health conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems put them at risk for suicide. Learning healthy ways to cope can help them stay hopeful.

With support from Hertvik Insurance Group, the JCH Foundation is working to end the stigma of mental illness and prevent suicide among students in northeast Ohio. If this story receives 500 votes, the $5,000 donation the JCH Foundation has already earned will double to $10,000. Vote by sharing it on social media, or leave a comment below.

Rick and Beth Haney describe their son John as “the life of the party” and “happy-go-lucky.” His college football teammates describe him as family. But John suffered silently, hiding his pain from loved ones. In 2017 he  died by suicide.

 

“We want to let young people know it’s OK to feel down or depressed.”

— Beth Haney, co-founder, JCH Foundation

 

Being OK with not being OK

To honor John’s memory, Rick and Beth created the JCH Foundation. “We want to let young people know it’s OK to feel down or depressed. We create safe spaces and offer resources so they can learn to cope and move through difficulties to find hope,” says Beth.

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JCH Foundation supporters at the organization’s fourth annual fundraiser last summer gave a nod to John’s love of football.

The organization builds John’s Safe Place rooms in local schools, which serve as calming spaces to help students cope with social and emotional issues. Designed with feedback from the Cleveland Clinic, each room features low lighting, comfortable couches, games, puzzles, art materials and an aquarium.

In addition to John’s Safe Place rooms, the foundation provides Mental Health First Aid seminars, where teachers can learn to recognize and respond to students who may be at risk for suicide.

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JCH Foundation supporters and staff attended a community walk to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2019.

Making positive change in their community

Hertvik Insurance Group has been a longtime supporter of local and national nonprofits as a way to give back to the communities the agency serves. Agency staff have volunteered at the JCH Foundation since 2018, helping set up new John’s Safe Place rooms and contributing to fundraisers.

 

“In addition to raising funds for the JCH, we’re proud we’ve been able to help raise awareness of their mission.”

— Julie Mikalacki, marketing director, Hertvik Insurance Group

 

Through the Hertvik Cares Program, the agency chooses a nonprofit every quarter and donates $20 for each new policy they write that quarter. Last year, the agency chose the JCH Foundation to be one of the beneficiaries of the program because of the foundation’s commitment to improving the mental health of young people in their community.

“In addition to raising funds for the JCH, we’re proud we’ve been able to help raise awareness of their mission by creating a video showcasing our partnership,” says Julie Mikalacki, marketing direct at Hertvik Insurance Group. After seeing the video posted online, outside vendors emailed the JCH Foundation asking how to be involved in the next room creation.

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Jack Hertvik, president of Hertvik Insurance Group, presents a check on behalf of the Hertvik Cares Program to Beth and Rick Haney, co-founders of the JCH Foundation.

Creating hope for more students

A Make More Happen Award will allow the JCH Foundation to create up to three new rooms, allowing more students a safe space to process difficult emotions. Funds will also be allocated toward suicide-prevention training for teachers.

Help Hertvik Insurance Group win another $5,000 for The JCH Foundation by cheering them on with a comment below and sharing their story to social media using the buttons to the left!

If your agency volunteers with a 501(c)3 nonprofit, learn how you can win a Make More Happen Award here.

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Raghav Tanna
17 days ago

Great cause!!

marie curtis
19 days ago

This is a fabulous foundation.

Aly J
20 days ago

This foundation has and will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of so many people!

Sanya Neforos
20 days ago

I see so many students that are having issues and I am so happy that The Safe Place is available!

Kevin C
21 days ago

Yes!!!! This rocks!

Brian m
21 days ago

Love this! Just wonderful!

Keith b
21 days ago

This is great!!

Elaine
22 days ago

John’s Safe Place is a calming place for all! I can’t imagine not having it in our school! All schools would benefit from having one!

Maddy
22 days ago

I support this amazing foundation !

Nora Jones
23 days ago

What an amazing resource to have in our building. Even more are the wonderful people who support it and help inform and teach others the importance of the foundation. It is truly a gift to so many. Thank you!

Morgan Bair
23 days ago

This is so cool, and is doing such great things for the world! Love it!

Dave Opdycke
23 days ago

John’s safe place has helped so many.

Dave Opdycke
23 days ago

Great resource for students!

Catherine
23 days ago

Great cause!!

Maddie
23 days ago

amazing foundation!

Jacob
23 days ago

Great cause!!!

Andrea
23 days ago

This is a great foundation. Very impressive.

Victoria
23 days ago

This is great, thanks for your amazing work!

Chad
23 days ago

Great foundation!

Christy Wolshuck
23 days ago

A wonderful foundation. Bringing awareness to adults and kids! Giving kids a place to go when they need a moment to catch their breathe.

Annie McCoy
23 days ago

An amazing foundation!! There is a John’s Safe place in North Olmsted Middle School~ A perfect place for kids to go when they need a peaceful environment to unwind.

K.M
23 days ago

An honorable cause

Christine Braelow
23 days ago

Such an important cause. Thank you for your amazing work!

Austin
23 days ago

Great cause!

Jason
23 days ago

Great cause!

Craig M Camp
23 days ago

What a great foundation! I feel blessed to be able to donate a homemade American flag in Johns name to the North Olmsted High School and Middle School in his honor!!

Amira
23 days ago

Such a great cause!

Renee Bauman
23 days ago

I support this amazing organization.

Hannah
23 days ago

Love and miss you John! They deserve it

Chris Couch
23 days ago

Great cause!

Todd Taylor
23 days ago

I think this is a great cause!

Jordan Constantine
23 days ago

An honorable cause

Amanda
23 days ago

grateful for this cause

Tyler Williams
23 days ago

Couldn’t think of a better foundation to receive the money!

Natalie Peacock
23 days ago

Great cause!

Cheryl Sikorski
23 days ago

Benn looking for a new agent! Heard amazing things and the fact that they support a great foundation much needed is a bonus. The JCH Foundation is incredible and much needed.

Will Lowe
23 days ago

This is an incredible foundation helping many.

Kris
23 days ago

This an amazing foundation to give hope to young people who are hurting!

zoe
23 days ago

such a great cause!

AISHAH LISAULA
23 days ago

This is a wonderful foundation and a great way to honor John’s memory.

Claire
23 days ago

this is great!

Rip H.
23 days ago

We love Hertvik Insurance and the JCH Foundation!

Sophia
24 days ago

What a great cause!!

Tori
24 days ago

Amazing cause, thank you!

Serra
24 days ago

What a great cause, thank you!

Abigail Hausfeld
24 days ago

A truly wonderful cause!

Chloe
24 days ago

Great cause!

Hope
24 days ago

Great cause !!!

Elizabeth A Schibley
24 days ago

Amazing~!

Melissa
24 days ago

A great organization

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