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In honor of suicide prevention month in September, I am doing t-shirts and sweat shirts next month to remember lost loved ones who died by suicide. If you want your loved one remembered and that name added to the back of this shirt, please fill out this form. It’s free to have a name put on the shirts but only names added to the form will be on the shirt.
I respect your privacy. I will not be selling the form contents or otherwise sharing your personal information for any reason. I just want a way to contact you when the shirts are made so you can at least see it.
You do not have to live in Virginia and this is open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and wants that person remembered in this memorial t-shirt. (I cannot, however, add characters not on the American keyboard to this shirt.)
I ask a lot of extra questions on the form in case I need to make more shirts and need to categorize. I also want to know more about your loved one, too. If I’m doing this, it’s personal. I have a optional comment box at the end if you want to add any details or share a story about your loved one. Again, I will not share that without your permission.
I will work with my t-shirt company to add these names to the back of emotionally naked shirts and then I will sell them to raise money for a charity that prevents suicide.
Some of the proceeds will go to Beacon Tree Foundation which pays for childhood psychological evaluations not covered by insurance or medicaid when families can’t afford it and offers coping skills training to teenagers through the Preventure Program. Some of the proceeds to NAMI Central Virginia for their programs including support groups and training to prevent suicide.
I am not sure yet what the limit of names will be but if there are a lot, we’ll make two shirts. These shirts do get the conversation going. (Nothing like the word naked to get some attention.) People will stop you and ask about it which gives you the opportunity to open up the conversation on what was once a taboo subject.
A culture that openly and empathetically discusses suicide and recognizes it as a brain attack and public health issue that is often but not always the result of mental illness, creates an environment where people are more apt to speak up and ask for help. Let’s send shame packing!