You can make a difference in the lives of friends, family members, classmates, and co-workers by taking these simple steps.


  • Give your attention, not advice
  • Don’t be judgmental or sworn to secrecy
  • Offer hope
  • Voice your concerns

  • Listen and watch for warning signs of depression and suicide
  • Invite people to share their feelings
  • Take time to let the person express feelings, don’t lecture or debate, don’t be shocked


  • Acknowledge: the person's pain; don’t minimize it 
  • Care: express care and concern
  • Treatment: go with the person to a counselor, coach, or parent; call 911 if someone is making a suicide threat

Check out the resources on our blog.

Note: The Tom Karlin Foundation is not a counseling service. If you or someone you love needs help, please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255. If this is an emergency go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.


Donate Now!

Thanks for being a lifeline! When you donate to the Tom Karlin Foundation you help us improve the quality of teen's lives, increase awareness of depression, and prevent teen suicides. 

The Tom Karlin Foundation is a 501C3 charitable organization.


Johnson County

Suicide Prevention Coalition

Resource Sheet


Speaking Engagements

The Tom Karlin Foundation seeks to increase awareness of depression and prevent teen suicides. We speak regularly to teens and adults in various community settings:

  • school assemblies
  • church groups
  • classroom presentations, ie leadership 
  • community groups
  • businesses

If you are interested, please fill out the contact form on the about page.



2015 instructions & submission HERE

Download a PDF of 2015 Instructions


Congratulations 2014 Scholarship Winners!

  • Sydney Wilson - Mill Valley High School

  • Olivia Zhao - Blue Valley West High School

  • Kylee Bliss - Blue Valley High School

  • Grant Mayfield - St. Thomas Acquinas High School

 Note: Check out some of the 2014 entries here.



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