Detroit’s Reach for Hope Benefit to raise funds for suicide prevention training

Oct. 21 benefit to feature performance of play ‘Right Before I Go’ starring Hill Harper


DETROIT – This Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, several local organizations are joining efforts to host the 2021 Reach for Hope Benefit to raise money for suicide prevention training in Detroit.

Organizations A Single Soul, Black Family Development and L!FELeaders Inc. are hosting the benefit on Oct. 21 to raise funds that will allow them to offer free suicide prevention training in Detroit. Such training can help people to “identify people who are at risk (for suicide) and learn how to effectively connect them to crucial support before it’s too late,” organizers said in a press release.

Kicking off at 7:30 p.m. following a VIP reception, the benefit will feature a performance of the acclaimed play “Right Before I Go” on the stage at Cass Technical High School. The play, written by Stan Zimmerman, will star actor Hill Harper. Officials say the night will also feature a message from Detroit native actor Lily Tomlin.

Tickets for the Oct. 21 benefit range from $10 to $10,000 and can be purchased online right here. Donations can also be made using the same link.

“‘Right Before I Go’ is an opportunity to normalize the importance of preventative outreach and supportive treatment on a subject that is often taboo, but costing thousands of Michiganders’ lives each year,” said Kenyatta Stephens, CEO of Black Family Development. “This is our chance to change the narrative (toward) hope.”

You can read the entire press release on the event below.

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