A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named after 3-time Olympian, Jeret "Speedy" Peterson of Boise, ID and Park City, UT. Our mission is to prevent suicide, support mental health education, and promote conversations to end stigma. The Speedy Foundation raises funds for, and collaborates with, other advocacy groups to achieve our mission.
We are suicide prevention advocates by way of conversation and education. We believe:
Suicide can be prevented by advocating for those who struggle with mental illness as well as families and friends of those who struggle.
Suicide can be prevented by promoting conversations to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Suicide can be prevented by providing mental health education.
End the Stigma
In the sports world, Speedy was a Freestyle Aerialist and 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist. In 2011, Jeret lost his battle to depression. Those who knew him remember Speedy as an advocate for his own struggles with mental health as well as having a deep concern for the well-being of others.
When Speedy passed away, his family and friends learned that Idaho was the only state in the US without a suicide prevention hotline of it's own. Our first mission was the help fundraise and use Speedy's story to help champion the cause. Idaho now has it's own hotline and during the 2016 legislative session the State added the hotline back into the budget and partially funds this incredible resource.
A mental health crisis is more common than most people realize. You are more likely to come across a person having a mental health crisis than a person having a heart attack. Where CPR training is common, the same is not true of responding to a mental health crisis. We believe it is crucial to prepare to help our neighbors, friends, relatives and coworkers when they need help. The Speedy Foundation supports and provides Mental Health First Aid and QPR trainings in Idaho and Utah.
US suicide rate in 2017 is the highest since the Great Depression era (AAS Website)
The crude suicide rate increased by 4.3% from 2016 to 2017
The crude suicide rate in 2017 (14.5) is the highest crude suicide rate observed in the US since 1938 (15.25; 1939 was 14.14).
All age groups included in the data sheets showed a rate increase from 2016 with the exception of 75-84 year olds
Notable crude rate increases from 2016: 9.85% increase from 2016 for 15-24 year olds, 6.1% increase from 2016 for 25-34 year olds, and 5.79% increase from 2016 for those aged 85+
Firearms remain the most commonly used fatal suicide attempt method (50.6% of all suicides in 2017)
Suicide Statistics (AFSP website)
While this data is the most accurate we have, we estimate the numbers to be higher. Stigma surrounding suicide leads to underreporting, and data collection methods critical to suicide prevention need to be improved.