Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services began fulfilling its mission in November 2006 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by taking our educational program into schools in the Acadiana area. This program provides students with the tools necessary to help themselves or others who may be showing signs of potential at-risk behavior. In 2010, we expanded our programs to include suicide prevention education for teachers, counselors and school administrators. We also operate a survivor of suicide support group which is open to any adult who is grieving a loss to suicide.
Tiffany Capps, M.S., LPC.
DeAnn Kalich, Ph.D., F.T.
Jacob Crouch Foundation was started by the family and friends of Jacob Crouch following his death by suicide in 2005. At the time, there were very limited resources available to those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide and the stigma associated with suicide meant that education on warning signs and intervention was also not very prevalent. The mission of the organization was quickly realized and in 2006 Jacob Crouch Foundation began to work on spreading suicide awareness and prevention through education in memory of Jacob.
In the beginning, the organization was run exclusively by family and friends of Jacob, many of which found solace in their education and prevention efforts and work at the foundation. They devoted the next five years of their lives to the organization and passionately shared experiences and knowledge with students, teachers, community members and anyone willing to listen and learn.
The years 2010 and 2011 brought numerous changes for the organization. For many of the founders, the healing originally offered by the organization had taken them as far as it could and a step away from the demanding nature of suicide prevention was necessary for the healing process to continue. Others found growth in their personal lives, and while the foundation was still important to them, it could no longer be a priority.
In 2011, the name of the organization was changed to Crouch Foundation and the emphasis of the foundation switched from memorializing Jacob’s life to a greater focus on the organization being a place for every family in Acadiana to memorialize their lost loved ones. The organization continued to work towards its mission with the help of individuals from the community. Programs thrived and expanded as more individuals heard the message of suicide prevention and intervention!
In 2016, the name of the organization was changed to Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services because research showed that our name did not say anything about our goals or the work that we do in Acadiana. We also formed a partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette to work together to form a support group for survivors of suicide. A committee of representatives from the Diocese, the Jacob Crouch organization and suicide survivors was formed to plan and develop a model for a support group that could be replicated throughout Acadiana. The first support group met in Lafayette and began in January 2017. Plans to begin support groups in the other parishes of Acadiana is progressing.
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