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Woman Starts Nonprofit Group After Realizing Suicide Can Be Prevented

Deeatra Kajfosz
Deeatra Kajfosz

Original story by LINDA MCALPINE (West Bend Daily News)

Deeatra Kajfosz hopes to break the silence that surrounds the topic of suicide.

After losing a friend to suicide a little more than a year ago, Kajfosz said she started learning all she could about the topic.

She was astonished to find there is a list of risk factors and as she read them she realized that she had 80 percent of them at the time she made a suicide attempt more than a decade ago. Continue reading Woman Starts Nonprofit Group After Realizing Suicide Can Be Prevented

1st Annual GiVE HOPE Mini-Golf Fundraiser is a “Hole-in-One”!

minigolf-posterMany thanks go out to everyone who came together to make the 1st Annual GiVE HOPE Mini-Golf Fundraiser Outing a HUGE success! Traditional golf fundraisers have nothing on our downsized event to emphasize the “mini”-ways one can live mentally well. More than 45 golfers attended a fun-filled game of mini-golf, hosted at Logger’s Park in Richfield, yesterday, Thursday, June 25th. Residents from all around Washington County and beyond, joined together in support of our LiFE OF HOPE mission; reduce the number of suicide attempts thereby leading to a natural reduction in the lives lost to suicide. A special awards ceremony recognized golfers for a number of golf talents and the “Second Chance Club” was auctioned off to the highest bidder, Julie Ann Blazei. Julie received the official 2015 Second Chance Club, which was given new purpose after having reached the end of its playing days. The club represents the importance of finding and embracing a purpose in LiFE as one positive coping skill to combat depression and suicide ideation. Continue reading 1st Annual GiVE HOPE Mini-Golf Fundraiser is a “Hole-in-One”!

Deeatra Kajfosz Recieves the “Real Hero” Award

Deeatra in "REAL HERO - CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE 2015"
Deeatra in “REAL HERO – CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE 2015”

As the Founder and Executive Director of LiFE OF HOPE, Deeatra Kajfosz was honored as the “Real Hero” award recipient for her volunteerism in enhancing and promoting the community through caring actions and outstanding acts of humanitarianism; making the county a safer place. More than 80 people/organizations were nominated in 10 different Champions of Change categories. Continue reading Deeatra Kajfosz Recieves the “Real Hero” Award

Thank-You for Making LiFE of HOPE Possible!

Deeatra Kajfosz - LiFE OF HOPE - Feature Story in Daily News 7.1.15
Deeatra Kajfosz – LiFE OF HOPE – Feature Story in Daily News 7.1.15

LiFE OF HOPE, Washington County’s only dedicated suicide awareness and prevention program, is gaining attention and support. Thank you to everyone who has helped make the following accomplishments possible. We now have: Continue reading Thank-You for Making LiFE of HOPE Possible!

Nalani Founder and President Changes Course to Save Lives

Deeatra Kajfosz LiFE OF HOPE  Executive Director (former owner of Nalani Services)
Deeatra Kajfosz
LiFE OF HOPE
Executive Director
(former owner of Nalani Services)

This past January marked two significant anniversaries for me; the anniversary of launching Nalani Services (2006) and the anniversary of being given a second chance at LiFE (2001). I’ve had a few months to consider this message and how I would share my story. I hope I will do it justice.

As a dedicated business owner with a portfolio of successful marketing campaigns, sales strategies, and leadership relationships, I am writing this to share that I have held a closely guarded secret. One that I believed for nearly 14 years would collapse my career, should it ever be known. Then, in June of this past year, I lost a friend to suicide, leaving me with many questions and too few answers. You see, my friend attempted to end his life and died while I, in my own attempt so many years ago, had lived. It just didn’t seem fair or possible that he was gone. And, it didn’t seem right that during our time of knowing one another in business and as friends, that I had lied to him and was now faced with the fact that I couldn’t undo the lie. Continue reading Nalani Founder and President Changes Course to Save Lives

SUICIDE PREVENTION

14-Year Suicide Attempt Survivor Sets Out to Bring Hope and Healing to Others

In January of 2001, four days after attempting to end her life, a twenty-seven year old mother of two wrote the following. “When you start the New Year the way I have, there seems to be nowhere to go but up. Never would I have imagined finding myself at this juncture. I’m without answer to one question; at what point did I begin to lose touch with myself in such a way that I could consider death a suitable solution?” These are the words taken from the personal journal of West Bend resident, Deeatra Kajfosz. As a statistic, she was one of 46 suicide attempts who were hospitalized thatyear. In 2012, eleven years after her attempt, 90 members of our community were admitted as a result of a failed attempt to end their life. The sad truth is, current statistics indicate that the numbers continue to rise. Continue reading SUICIDE PREVENTION