My Obsession to Understand Our Failure to Prevent My Son's Suicide Led to My Passion to Prevent Another Family From Knowing the Pain of a Completed Suicide. Leading to the Creation of Dream to Live and KYVO.
This video was done two months after Kyle died . The mental health center for students at my university uses it for training interns about suicide and suicide prevention. Tally also endorsed the program Dream to Live
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As I was researching to understand why we failed to prevent my son's suicide I grew angrier and angrier. My apathy as a member of generation X runs deep . I am not a joiner and I am happy staying uninvolved.
My son's death changed all of that as I developed an anger fueled obsession with the research that was impossible for me to let go. My experience as a survivor of my own attempts provided insights to the research that others have missed. I recognized the difference between actions that support someone with suicidal ideations and the actions that prevent suicide. I also know the importance of preventing the contemplation of suicide and not just the act.
This led to the creation of the Plan to Live. I was a college student at the time with this developed three-point program and no idea for getting it to the masses. A took a class called "How to Change the World" and through that course my program became Dream to Live and KYVO became the platform to promote it.
My anger filled obsession for research transformed into a burning passion to prevent suicide. I have always hated business and the business world. I avoid having anything to do with either of them as much as possible.
Passion is wonderous thing; my dream for KYVO and suicide prevention led me down the avoided path of business and that hated world. I have grown to love this new world. The true blessing of KYVO is it transformed my worst tragedy into my greatest blessing. It is through death that I work with my son in life to help others giving me an inner peace and happiness that I never before have known.