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Amanda - Finding hope in darkness

Amanda - Finding hope in darkness

$229.20 raised of $500.00 goal


Oct 7, 2022 to Dec 31, 2022

In March 2021 Amanda lost her life to suicide. For her birthday we want to raise money to help prevent others from dying this way and to hopefully block other loved ones from the terrible grief journey that comes with this type of loss.

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On March 12, 2021 Amanda Knaster passed on due to suicide. For her birthday we want to raise money to help prevent others from losing their lives in this way and other loved ones from the terrible grief journey that follows. 

Amanda (AJ) left behind 5 beautiful children when she went to join her daughter Jazzy, who died in 2018. For them, for the rest of her family, for her friends we want to fight to help anyone else battling suicidal thoughts. There is hope. 

Through their extensive research, the Association for Suicide Prevention has found many factors that directly relate to Amanda's experience:

  • Suicide is related to brain functions that affect decision-making and behavioral control, making it difficult for people to find positive solutions
  • Limiting a person’s access to methods of killing themselves dramatically decreases suicide rates
  • Ninety percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying — and potentially treatable — mental health condition
  • Depression, bipolar disorder, and substance use are strongly linked to suicidal thinking and behavior
  • No one takes their life for a single reason. Life stresses combined with known risk factors, such as childhood trauma, substance use — or even chronic physical pain — can contribute to someone taking their life
  • Asking someone directly if they’re thinking about suicide won’t “put the idea in their head” — most will be relieved someone starts a conversation

The most important findings that we wish she had known are that if someone can get through the intense, and short, moment of active suicidal crisis, chances are they will not die by suicide. Most people who survive a suicide attempt (85 to 95 percent) go on to engage in life. 

Together we can help others who are battling with these thoughts surpass them and go on to live a life they may not believe, in the moment, is possible. 

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  • Anonymous October 7, 2022
  • Beth October 7, 2022
  • Sarah Brook Cagayao October 9, 2022
  • Sarah Brook Cagayaof October 9, 2022
  • Andy Knaster October 10, 2022
  • Kate Mullan October 11, 2022
  • Anonymous October 12, 2022
  • Amber Pirrera ? October 14, 2022
  • Dana Winter October 14, 2022
  • Anonymous November 26, 2022

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