Loss and Hope: How the suicide of one teen is bringing change and awareness

When someone commits suicide, the central question loved ones seek to answer is “why?” Understanding suicide, however, is akin to making sense of the nonsensical. It simply defies reason, logic and — for many — closure. Surviving family, friends will always struggle to understand, to accept and to live on.

In this short film, EveryDayMatters provides a snapshot in time of what will be a lifelong journey for family and friends of Ryan Hill. Their courage and transparency is a gift to all of us – that gift is awareness. And prevention can only come when awareness is raised. Special thanks to Ryan’smother, Linda and to Ryan’s brother, Stephen. Thanks, also, to all of Ryan’s family and friends who want you to remember you’re always needed …


Please join us, family, friends and former teammates of Ryan Hill, for a soccer game to honor his memory and to raise awareness of suicide prevention.


R.Y.A.N. Benefit Soccer Game

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

9:30 A.M. (Game starts at 10:00 A.M.)

Olathe District Activity Center (ODAC) – 21201 W. 159th Street, Olathe, KS 66062

The game will be played by friends and former teammates of Ryan.  You will receive a wristband for each $5 paid admission.  Raffle tickets for sports items, T-shirts and window stickers will also be available for purchase to support the cause.

Proceeds raised during the game will go to support Suicide Awareness Survivor Support (SASS), which provides assistance to families experiencing the devastation of suicide and EveryDayMatters (EDM), an organization that provides information and support for those suffering from mental health issues, including suicide.

How can you donate?  Direct check donations may be made payable to EveryDayMatters (EDM) and mailed to:  Linda Hill c/o Netsmart Technologies 4950 College Blvd. OP, KS  66211.

How you can stay involved?

Special thanks to everyone involved in the production of the video, blog and soccer tournament.  A collaborative effort by many. Much appreciation.

#EDM #RememberYoureAlwaysNeeded #SuicidePrevention #SuicideAwareness

2 thoughts on “Loss and Hope: How the suicide of one teen is bringing change and awareness”

  1. To Linda: I didn’t lose my son to suicide, but he is gone nonetheless, I know your grief and what you said in the video struck a cord with me. Some days it is a struggle just to get out of bed, but we push on and through tragedy your video will help others by raising suicide awareness. My family works to bring awareness to childhood cancer. There is much work to be done on both fronts, don’t stop!

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  2. Linda and Stephen, thanks for your courage and honesty… may God use you to influence others toward life…


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