The flutter of a butterfly’s wings can change the world. Conner is our butterfly.


ConnerStrong Foundation works to bring awareness to mental health issues and suicide prevention and to change the discussion about mental health, especially in our teens and young adults.  The foundation also provides outreach and comfort to the families and communities affected by mental health and suicide.


Mental health issues and suicide are a leading epidemic among our teens and young adults. Untreated mental illness and the general stigma of mental health is associated with poor success in school and an increased probability of suicide ideation and suicide attempts.

Our programs aim to both help educate and protect our youth, but also to provide much needed resources to those around them.

Through our Sources of Strength school initiatives, our partnership with GMU Center for Psychological Services, and our survivor outreach programs, we are bringing that hope, comfort, education and support to our community.


Recognize the warning signs of suicide and seek immediate attention

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself.
  • Talking or writing about suicide or death.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about being a burden to others and how the world would be better off without him/her.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings and acting recklessly.
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining access to firearms, pills, or other means to kill oneself.
  • Talking about being trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Complete withdrawal.
  • Giving away prized possessions and other personal things; tying up loose ends.

If you or someone you love exhibits any of these signs, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255(TALK). If you cannot reach someone on this line, go to an emergency room, make sure you or your loved one is not alone until professional help arrives and remove all firearms, sharp objects, drugs, alcohol and other things that could be used in a suicide attempt.

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