Dead Poets Foundation was founded in 2019 by Mariel Hemingway – actress, best-selling writer, and advocate; Nicola Carpinelli – renowned artist, entrepreneur, and humanitarian; and Dr. Howard Asher – one of the nation’s leading trauma specialists, author, and lecturer.
This trio created and presented their first Dead Poets Exhibit in Bend, Oregon. Bend is a beautiful idyllic community where ironically and tragically it suffers one of the highest rates of suicide in the country. The exhibit was attended by a crowd that overflowed the venue. The many who couldn’t be inside were able to view the event from television monitors that were provided outside in anticipation of the huge interest and response that was generated by media promotion. The event was an overwhelming success.
Mariel, Nicola, and “Dr. Howard” knew they had delivered something special in this event – it was something beyond what most suicide awareness organizations do – they connected. “The trio” was able to get front press coverage across the full spectrum of media outlets.
Mariel Hemingway is our advocate – our champion and voice. Enduring the tragedy and effects of multiple suicides in her family, Mariel was able to break the chain of self-destruction and live a proactive life of meaning and giving.
Nicola Carpinelli is our drive – our artist and inspiration. Having struggled with impulses of suicidal thoughts Nicola is the example of possibility. He cultivated positive resources; and through self expression and creativity dug deep to tap into the essence of life.
Dr. Howard Asher is our clinical expert – our advisor and guide. Dr. Asher is one of the leading trauma specialists in the nation. His expertise in mental health includes mood disorders, substance addiction, and family dynamics. Dr. Asher brings his own brand of insight and understanding with a keen perspective on life and the challenge of living.
We are dedicated to turning the trajectory of suicide downward. Your donation will help Dead Poets Foundation increase awareness of suicide and its prevention. Your contribution will help Dead Poets Foundation provide resources to those in broken situations. Your help makes it possible for Dead Poets Foundation to shine the light of hope on those who struggle with thoughts of suicide. Your generosity makes it possible for Dead Poets Foundation to continue the connection started in Bend, Oregon.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, know you’re not alone and help is out there. For all the reasons that someone may want to take their life, there are as many solutions.
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