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

  • engage those around you
  • take a stand against bullying and gossip
  • remind friends they are not alone
  • voice your concerns
  • listen and watch for warning signs of depression and suicide
  • invite people to share their feelings
  • Acknowledge: if you're concerned about someone with symptoms of depression, tell them what you've noticed
  • Care: show concern, let them know there is help, tell them that you care
  • Treatment: encourage them to get help, alert a professional such as a school counselor, pastor, parents, or call 911 if someone is making a suicide threat

Check out the resources on our blog.

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.


Congratulations 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: we'll be posting scholarship essays on our blog anonymously over the next few weeks, check them out here.

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