There have been times in each of our lives that have caused pain and trauma. Times where we have needed guidance and support to heal. We often didn't know where to turn or how to get the help we needed that fit our circumstances. We aren't always prepared for everything in life that can blindside us. I know that place far too well. So did my son, his friends, our family members even co-workers.
Mental Health, Suicide (ideation, attempts, and loss) aren't dinner table conversations unless you are experiencing it first-hand. Even then, do you honestly know what to say or do? When do you get help, and what kind of support do you reach out for?
Time is of the essence and not on your side to help you quickly come to terms with what you need to know to prevent the suicide of a loved one, friend, or co-worker. Each attempt and situation has variables.
The stigma associated with mental health and suicide thrives in shame and guilt, pain buried in alcohol and/or drugs, thoughts of what is wrong with me - why can't I deal with this, whatever this may be. Yet suicide is rated as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States during 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic; suicides continue, and the ages are even as young as nine years old. Doesn't that scare you?
When a life is lost to suicide, it is not the end - not even close. There is an unbearable aftermath—emotions, pain, and questions quite possibly lasting for the rest of family members and friends' lifetime. Regardless of the time it takes to learn acceptance and start the healing process, life has been shattered in a way that can never be repaired or forgotten.
Mullen's Miracles was born out of living this experience first-hand. Our goal is to save lives. How? Through awareness, education, healing, empathetic support, personal stories, and resources easily accessible. The more we can work together, the fewer angelversaries we will have as part of our lives. Angelversary was a term I learned when I became an Angel Mom. Please don't join the club.
Let me be clear; we are not a replacement for medical care or many excellent resources such as crisis hotlines, etc.
Kathy Mullen, Founder of Mullen’s Miracles
We would LOVE your support to help us reach our Resource Goals!
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
Mullen’s Miracles experienced first-hand the challenges of not knowing where to turn to find individualized, effective and easily accessible resource options during times of crisis. Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States in 2020. 90% of those who died by suicide had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death. www.chapterland.org
Mullen’s Miracles goals align with the objective to reduce the risk of losing a loved one to suicide through programs by providing both awareness and prevention education, delivered to a broad range of audiences in the workplace, school systems, community outreach, ministries, and to high-risk groups. In addition to the awareness and prevention programs, Mullen’s Miracles resources include managing the devastating grief from suicide loss, transitioning from a life that is gone forever, finding acceptance through loss while rebuilding life while struggling with daily activities.
The publishing of a book sharing Mullen’s Miracles story, creation of an APP to supplement the programs and a documentary on suicide awareness | prevention are inclusive of the Mullen’s Miracles vision however they will require additional funding as noted.
Based on needed funding and actual program costs, these are the programs we are looking to fund and maintain the operations of Mullen’s Miracles. Who is in to help us?
MM Phase I: Program to RECOVER from Crisis
MM Phase II: Program to RESET Life
MM Phase III: Program creating a life of RESILIENCE
MM Program: Storytelling: A Backstage Pass To The Miracle of Life
MM Program: First Things First; Experiencing Closure, Grief, Healing
MM Website: Connectedness Page, featuring life stories of survivors and loss
MM Story and Promotion of Organ Donation
Creation of a variety of Speaking Topics: Stigma of Mental Health, Suicide and Advocacy, Suicide Awareness, Prevention, The Aftermath of Suicide and Moving Forward, Organ Donation Process – Real Life Impact (twice), Finding Acceptance Through Life’s Transitions, Suicide Support for loved ones, friends, co-workers, Transitioning back to work or school after a tragic loss, Coping and Empathy Skills, Grief, A Mother’s Story on loss of her only child through suicide.
Telling of the story of how Kathy Mullen experienced the loss of her son’s father and while handling his estate; their only child, Eric took his life fourteen months later. Within 2 years and two days, Ms. Mullen lost her son’s father, her only child and her own father.
Ms. Mullen who had a lifelong successful career in technology had her life turned upside down by this rapid succession of tragic losses. This book will share her story, the challenges of losing your only child, having your life turned upside down and having to learn how to live again. Before leaving her son’s bedside at the hospital as they took Eric to donate his organs, she committed to him, her life would be the voice he so desperately looked for as he struggled with life. The journey that was taken to create Mullen’s Miracles will be shared.
Mullen’s Miracles believe there would be great value for those fighting depression and mental illness in providing personalized assistance, resources and support at their fingertips. The majority of people don’t travel too far without their phone. This could be utilized independently or with Mullen’s Miracles programs.
App: There's An App for that! Suicide 'Safety Net' Plan, Support team, Resources, Personal and MM Programs.
Create a 60-minute documentary of representing various personal experiences of suicide attempts and loss, and the grief and life transitions that transformed through these experiences. The documentary will include suicide awareness and prevention education and tools. This documentary will be available online through MM website, and also distributed to schools, churches, business’, and partner streaming platforms.