Dead Poets Foundation was founded in 2019 by Mariel Hemingway – actor, best selling writer, and advocate, and Nicola Carpinelli – renowned artist, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. This duo 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 positioned outside the gallery. There was huge interest and response generated by a full spectrum of media coverage. The event was an overwhelming success.
Mariel and Nicola knew they had created something special in this event – they connected.
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.
"The duo” is dedicated to turn 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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