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About Please Live

Our Story

Please Live started with a caring teenager who saw a need in the world and decided to address it. During the 2009-2010 school year, Alexa Moody, a 19-year-old college student and volunteer youth leader at her church in Camp Hill PA, noticed a rise in teen suicides in the Central Pennsylvania region. Just minutes outside of Pennsylvania’s capital, Alexa heard of five teen suicides within the course of five months. She was heartbroken. Although she did not personally know any of the teens, her heart was torn for the friends and families left behind (known as suicide loss survivors). It was from this hurt that Alexa heard God’s voice telling her to do something about it.

So, armed with a broken heart and a message from God, Alexa started Please Live in May 2010. Her efforts were quickly noticed within the midstate as she networked with local prevention powerhouses such as Holy Spirit Teenline, the Mental Wellness Awareness Association, Someone To Tell It To, and the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The first board of directors was elected in 2012, and Please Live received it's 501(c)3 nonprofit status in April of 2014.

Today Please Live has blossomed into a program that educators are eager to get their hands on. The future of Please Live hopes to plant chapters all over the United States to bring the message of help, hope, and healing to as many students as possible.




Alexa Moody

What is Please Live?


Alexa Moody speaking at an event

Imagine you are at a college fair in a high school gym. Around the room stand many different tables decorated with eye-catching displays to represent colleges across the nation. Each table has one or two representatives to talk to you about that college and answer your questions. They have pamphlets and informational cards to hand out. Some have hoodies and other merchandise that you can buy.

Now replace “college” with “human service agency”. This is what a Please Live event looks like. Consider it a Mental Health Fair- where students can wander into a room and see dozens of tables with agencies that are there to help them. Many of these tables will have actual counselors there to talk with the students one-on-one and answer their questions or make referrals. Such agencies can relate to anything as long as it is relevant to teenagers today: suicide, depression, self injury, addiction, child abuse, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, self esteem, dating/relationships, bullying, drinking & driving, etc.

Please Live also believes in being flexible. Sometimes holding a mental health fair isn’t the best tactic to use in your particular situation. We can pretty much bend to any size audience, any age group, and any time limit that we are given.

We’ve also done assemblies with set lineups that featured a lecture-style education on depression, self harm, and suicide; drama skits performed by fellow students; guest speakers – teens who have attempted suicide as well as parents who have lost a child to suicide; video presentations and more. If you want Please Live to come to you, we will work with you to make it as powerful as possible.

> Want Please Live to host an event where you are?
Contact us at support@pleaselive.org!



PLEASE LIVE SEEKS TO:

1. Educate students, youth staff, and community members about depression, suicide, and related mental health topics, signs & symptoms of mental illnesses, and where/how to seek help for mental health problems.

2. Empower students to look for and be aware of mental illness symptoms in themselves and in their peers.

3. Reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Mission StatementThe purpose and mission of Please Live shall be to promote help, welfare, and healing of at-risk teenage and college age students by providing educational and referral services to students, parents, and community members regarding depression, self-injury, and similar mental health issues which may lead to suicide and other unproductive life outcomes.

Where will you go?

We will go wherever we are invited. One of our core beliefs is that our program should be completely free, with no cost whatsoever to you. However, depending on where your venue is located, travel costs may be incurred. Generally, if a venue is within a two hour radius of Harrisburg, we will not charge for travel. Connect with us and we will be able to work with you.

As for what type of place we will go to, schools and youth groups tend to be our specialty. This can be middle school, high school, or college aged students. However, if requested, we can bend our program to just about any age group (including parents and adults) and we will use whatever venue we are invited into (a park, a firehouse, a barn, etc.)

How much does it cost?

Absolutely free. Yes, that’s right, free. We don’t believe that money should ever be an excuse to deny mental health awareness to every school and community. We don’t believe money should ever get in the way of reaching out to hurting youth. This is possible through the donations and support of local businesses, volunteer vendors, and ordinary people doing simple things to help us out. One thing will always remain constant for Please Live: we will enter your school/youth group/other venue at absolutely no cost to you.

Is this a christian organization?

We believe in something called the Multi-Dimensional framework. This is a concept that states that as humans, we are made up of four dimensions: Biophysical (body, flesh and bones, chemicals), Psychological (mental, emotional), Social (relationships, environment) and Spiritual (faith, inspirations, dreams). We believe that all four dimensions need to be addressed to truly feel happy and healthy. When addressing the spiritual dimension, we use a Christ-centered approach that encourages open minds and healthy exploration of scripture. However this is definitely not the purpose of Please Live. Our message is for everyone, regardless of race, lifestyle, or beliefs, and we will stay within the guidelines of the venue.

Are you a nonprofit organization?

As of April 22nd 2014, Please Live has officially been accepted as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! This means that any donations made from October 22nd 2012 or later are eligible for tax-deductions, as our status is retroactive by 18 months.

Any questions about our nonprofit status can be directed to support@pleaselive.org.



Who can I contact?

Feel free to contact Alexa Moody at support@pleaselive.org!