Matt age 16, passed by suicide on April 1st, 2017 leaving his family and community devastated.
On 2/29/2020 Brightside Behavioral Health LLC had the honor of attending The First Annual Matt Alsfeld Suicide Prevention Ball at Rhodes of the Pawtuxet in Cranston. The ball brought to light a very important conversation to the community “Ending the Stigma of and opening up the communication surrounding suicide”.
Matt was considered the kindest sophomore who was a counselor to other children. His death devastated his family and community.
Matt’s family didn’t want his memory to fade creating a nonprofit in his honor that will bring suicide awareness and prevention education to Ponaganset High School (PHS). The nonprofit hopes to bring suicide awareness and prevention to other high schools in the state. They want students to know who to turn to and to give friends, teachers and school staff the information to understand how to handle that conversation.
There are resources at school, including guidance counselors, teachers and administrators, who are there to help anyone considering suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available around the clock at 1-800-273-8255. If you have a counselor, please reach out to them and do not be afraid to share how you feel.