In honor of Nick Pacha, who took his own life at the University of Minnesota in 2013, Nick’s Network of Hope was founded by the Pacha family to raise awareness and provide resources and education to young people (and those who care for them) about life issues and challenges with an emphasis on suicide prevention.
As Linda Pacha explains, today’s youth are struggling with many life issues including: depression, anxiety, cutting & self-harm, gender identity & sexual orientation, substance abuse & addictions, and eating disorders. Often these issues are interconnected.
When coupled with increasing academic pressures, social demands, bullying, and peer pressure these challenges – when left unchecked – can lead to suicide which is the second leading cause of death among 10 – 34 year olds.
Through its website, Nick’s Network of Hope strives to provide a wealth of information on all of the issues mentioned above so people can find the resources they need on one website – versus having to visit multiple sites.
Linda encourages people to have the website address readily available so if someone you know is struggling, you can direct them to resources that may help save their life. The website also provides the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255.) This 24/7 hotline is there for anyone experiencing a suicidal crisis or emotional distress who needs to talk with a counselor for help or access resources available in their area.
For more information about Nick’s Network of Hope, visit: http://nicksnetworkofhope.org/
Linda Pacha, Founder
Kim Weeks, Associate