The Pete Foundation seeks to instill a culture in which dialogue surrounding depression and anxiety is met with understanding and acceptance by providing services and experiences for adolescents, and funding research to better understand the nature of silent suffering.
We envision a world in which every individual is equipped with the tools necessary to understand, express, and seek support for themselves and others. It is a world free from the social stigmas surrounding mental health, with a complete understanding of its effects. It is a world in which suicide attempts are eliminated because depression and anxiety are detected and addressed starting at a young age.
We are a community of vested individuals on a mission to empower today’s youth in their pursuit of a happy, mentally healthy life, free from the internal conflict and confusion brought on by depression and anxiety. Changes in the way society views and accepts mental illness allow us to understand our personal struggles and give us the means to seek support. In targeting today’s youth, we will achieve our goal through open communication, cooperation, and understanding of these issues within families, communities, and nations for tomorrow.
The Jones Family created The Pete Foundation for Depression Prevention after their beloved Pete took his life at the age of 23 on December 9, 2016. It was a day of tragedy and disbelief that so many families around the world have endured. The Jones Family decided to invest their efforts toward ensuring that no person would have to suffer silently in the way Pete suffered for 10 years. It struck them that Pete was only able to convey the depth of his pain in a letter discovered after his death.
It is the belief of The Pete Foundation that if individuals are able to talk about depression and anxiety with understanding and acceptance, the path that all too often leads to suicide can be thwarted.
Where we are today:
- We are now recognized as having 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.
- A board of directors is being formed.
- The Pete Foundation’s first newsletter is forthcoming.
- A defined plan of action is being established.
- The Pete Foundation is in conversation with the University of Louisville and other health institutions to advance mental health research.
- Primary and middle schools are being identified for implementation of The Pete Foundation’s prototypical educational program.
- The Foundation has reached 30% of its annual goal in just one week. The support from the community has been inspirational.