LifeSavers is a peer-support suicide and crisis-prevention program designed to help teenagers cope healthfully with the challenges of drugs and alcohol, peer and family relationships, sexual issues, academic problems, aggression, anxiety, and suicide. LifeSavers is a recognized student organization in several high schools in southern Illinois which have chosen to be pro-active in caring for their student population.
LIFESAVERS TRAINING IS NOW LISTED IN THE SPRC/AFSP BEST PRACTICES REGISTRY FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION.
A LISTENING EAR FOR THOSE IN NEED
LifeSavers started as program in Belleville East High School. Judy Ashby heard of the program and knew this was the answer she was looking for after her son's suicide. LifeSavers became official in 1990, only in a few schools, and after building up the program they began training other schools in 1997. They established as a non-profit in 1999, with Judy as the Executive Director. With her efforts the program spread to several schools, and it is the current Board's dream to continue the spread and bring our light to as many people as possible.