Al Gilbert
I could not allow the month of September to end without noting its multifaceted nature. September has always been a month of both beginnings, endings, and remembrances for everyone. We experience the start of a new school year and seasonal changes that come with the end of summer and the beginning of fall.

At Felton, we elevate Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Latino Heritage Month. This year, it is also a time to remember and to celebrate the importance of those who have had, and who continue to have, a lasting impact in building the strong foundation of Felton Institute, past, present, and future.

Thank you, Father Bernard Mayes, Terry Limpert,
and Dr. Yohana I. Quiróz, for your many contributions.
Felton Chief Operations Officer Dr. Yohana Quiróz on Inspiring Others
In the twenty-five years since Dr. Yohana Quiróz first became involved with Felton Institute, she has flourished personally and professionally.

Starting out as a client, she was soon hired on as a receptionist, ultimately building her expertise and becoming a senior executive and a fearless early childhood and family support advocate locally and nationally, a timeline encompassing passion, hard work and perseverance.

LOSS Program Coordinator Sophia Balestreri On Finding Hope
“I think we are more resilient and stronger than we think.”

Felton Institute’s Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) program is an extension of this type of vital support, and in turn, provides an opportunity to engage in open and honest conversations about mental health and suicide.

Featured Articles
A Compassionate Ear: A History of San Francisco Suicide Prevention

In 1962, a red telephone in the basement of a Polk Street tattoo parlor in San Francisco became a lifeline for those contemplating suicide.

Answering the distressed callers was Bernard Mayes, a gay, British Episcopalian priest and correspondent for the BBC. Alarmed at the rise of suicides in the city, Mayes responded by creating the nation’s first suicide prevention hotline: San Francisco Suicide Prevention.
Board Chair Terry M. Limpert Honors the Spirit of Felton

In the two decades of service as Board Chair and head of the Governance and Human Resources Committee, Terry M. Limpert has worked tirelessly in lending his expertise and guidance to Felton Institute. Over the years, he has been part of the many exciting changes and growth at the over one–hundred–thirty-year-old institution. And now, as Mr. Limpert prepares to retire from his position, he reflects on his tenure and the work that inspired him to serve others.
How “Postvention” Can Change the Ways We Approach Social Services
The term “postvention” is likely a new word for many people, but it is an important philosophy that can shift the way we think about suicide, grief, and social services in general. What if we could apply this concept to the way we think about all community issues?

Prevention and post-treatment are more interwoven than many may think. Pre- and post-services are not separate but are in fact co-dependent.
Take Action with Compassion

This month, when you donate to Felton Institute, you are helping programs such as Local Outreach for Survivors (LOSS) which serves community members who are experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one to suicide.
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