Suicide Prevention Education Alliance

 In 2011 and 2012 members of Von Isley had friends and family affected by suicide. While researching suicide we were shocked and saddened to learn that it is the third leading cause of death for teens and young adults nationwide and in our home state of Ohio, it is the second leading cause.

After looking into several organizations and the work they do, we decided to partner with the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance of Northeast Ohio. Their main purpose is to help educate teachers, student and faculty to the warning signs of those at risk children. As a result of this partnership we are able to bring educational materials with us to shows and help spread the word about this often ignored killer.

We held a benefit concert in October of 2012 and with the help of other groups who also donated their time and talents, we were able to raise a significant amount for the SPEA. The money will be used to help grow programming for students who attend high school online. We hope that you will look into becoming a partner and participating in their "Into the Light" walk or giving a monetary gift. We look forward to continueing our partnership with the SPEA into the future.

You can read more about the SPEA of Northeast Ohio below, or click on one of the links provided.

SPEA'S Mission


Prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to seek professional help for themselves and others.


Our goal is to cause at-risk students to seek and receive treatment from a mental health professional, as treatment is life altering and often lifesaving. A highly statistically significant percentage of students who participate in our program seek the help of a mental health professional within three months of program intervention. Evidence-based research validates our program’s success. SPEA saves families from the unfathomable loss of a child to suicide and helps teens to live healthy, productive lives. .


Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (SPEA), formerly known as American Foundation of Suicide Prevention of Northeast Ohio (AFSP), was founded in 1992 by Lyman H (Tim) Treadway, after the loss of his son to suicide.

In the early years of its history, SPEA focused it resources on Gatekeeper Training. The organization has trained more than 5,000 professionals in youth suicide prevention. Physicians, school counselors, social workers, nurses, clergy, teachers, home health aides, law enforcement officers and parents have been taught how to identify young people who may be suffering from major depression and/or may be at risk of suicide; how to respond; and where to refer.

Signature Program:

SPEA responded to community need and developed its signature school program, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide, in 2000. More than 114,000 teens have been helped thus far. There is need to reach many more.