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.

Creating hope, preventing suicide
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.

Creating hope, preventing suicide 1
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.

Creating hope, preventing suicide 2
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.

Subscribe
Notify of

424 Comments
Newest
Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Kathy Wertheim
1 month ago

This is a tremendous idea. I wish my insurance company sponsored local charities like this. I like the idea of a space for kids – every school should have that.

debbie wheeler
2 months ago

Thank you for making a change in the lives of our family

Heather Crabtree
3 months ago

Absolutely and amazing foundation to be part of.

Dom Gruttadauria
3 months ago

The JCH Foundation’s mission is as impactful as they come! The JSP Rooms provide a safe and inclusive space for our students to confidentially address their emotional needs for self regulation. Much love on your continued journey to end the stigma against mental health.

Raghav Tanna
4 months ago

Great cause!!

marie curtis
4 months ago

This is a fabulous foundation.

Aly J
4 months ago

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

Sanya Neforos
4 months ago

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

Kevin C
4 months ago

Yes!!!! This rocks!

Brian m
4 months ago

Love this! Just wonderful!

Keith b
4 months ago

This is great!!

Elaine
4 months 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
4 months ago

I support this amazing foundation !

Nora Jones
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

Dave Opdycke
4 months ago

John’s safe place has helped so many.

Dave Opdycke
4 months ago

Great resource for students!

Catherine
4 months ago

Great cause!!

Maddie
4 months ago

amazing foundation!

Jacob
4 months ago

Great cause!!!

Andrea
4 months ago

This is a great foundation. Very impressive.

Victoria
4 months ago

This is great, thanks for your amazing work!

Chad
4 months ago

Great foundation!

Christy Wolshuck
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

An honorable cause

Christine Braelow
4 months ago

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

Austin
4 months ago

Great cause!

Jason
4 months ago

Great cause!

Craig M Camp
4 months 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
4 months ago

Such a great cause!

Renee Bauman
4 months ago

I support this amazing organization.

Hannah
4 months ago

Love and miss you John! They deserve it

Chris Couch
4 months ago

Great cause!

Todd Taylor
4 months ago

I think this is a great cause!

Jordan Constantine
4 months ago

An honorable cause

Amanda
4 months ago

grateful for this cause

Tyler Williams
4 months ago

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

Natalie Peacock
4 months ago

Great cause!

Cheryl Sikorski
4 months 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
4 months ago

This is an incredible foundation helping many.

Kris
4 months ago

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

zoe
4 months ago

such a great cause!

AISHAH LISAULA
4 months ago

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

Claire
4 months ago

this is great!

Rip H.
4 months ago

We love Hertvik Insurance and the JCH Foundation!

Sophia
4 months ago

What a great cause!!

Tori
4 months ago

Amazing cause, thank you!

Serra
4 months ago

What a great cause, thank you!

Abigail Hausfeld
4 months ago

A truly wonderful cause!

Make More Happen - How to Vote

  • There are two ways to vote: click the blue social media icons and share the story to your feed and leave a comment at the bottom of their story here. You can do one or all four actions.
  • You can vote on each device too! That’s right: you can vote on your personal computer, tablet and mobile device.
  • For the best voting experience: make sure your browser pop-up blocker is disabled.
  • Your personal information will not be used, shared or sold for marketing purposes.