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  • Writer's pictureCynthia Brian

Teen Suicide and Prevention

"When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long.” -Hayley Williams

Ruhani hosts a very important hour that focuses on teen suicide and suicide prevention. She interviews Elliot H Kallen, President of A Brighter Day, a 501 c3 that offers resources for teens to stop suicide. Ruhani emphasizes that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. She also shares poems and warning signs of possible suicide. If you're feeling lonely and experiencing suicidal thoughts, please consider the following steps:

1. Reach out to someone you trust.


Seek professional help.


Contact a helpline such as 741741


Create a safety plan:


Avoid isolation.


Reach out to online communities.


Take care of your physical health.


Remove or secure potential means of self-harm.

Elliot discusses the various free programs that A Brighter Day offers. His 19-year-old son, Jake, took his life when he was depressed. Elliot is devoting his life to creating a brighter day for other teens. He is frank about the necessity to get positive programming to youth to alleviate the stress and depression young people feel today. Social media has caused an injustice for youth. A Brighter Day unites stress and depression resources with teens and their parents with the goal of stopping teen suicide.

Life Can Be Hard as You Transition Into Adulthood.

It’s okay to feel confused and lost.

It’s okay to feel like you don’t have the emotional resources to deal with life’s challenges.

It’s okay to be less than perfect.

No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, you’ll always be able to make it through.

If you are struggling: 24/7 TEXTLINE 741741

For resources, visit

BIO: Elliot H. Kallen

Elliot H. Kallen is a leader who brings over 30 years of passion and robust entrepreneurial business ownership experience to his elite Financial Planning & Advising practice. He has built international organizations, been a CEO of two other companies before forming Prosperity Financial Group, Inc. and is a frequent keynote speaker to charities, podcasts and radio shows on motivation, leadership, charitable work, marketing, and various financial subjects.

Elliot is also President of A Brighter Day Charity, the 501c(3) he began following the suicide of his youngest son, Jake, in 2015. This charity unites stress and depression resources with teens and their parents with the goal of stopping teen suicide. The resources of A Brighter Day have touched thousands of families and is having a major impact on the lives of our teens and parents.

Elliot holds a BA degree in both Accounting and Economics from Rutgers University in New Jersey and has served on various Boards, as an active member and/or President, including The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley, the American Cancer Society of Contra Costa County & Congregation B’nai Shalom, where he has been actively involved in raising millions of dollars for these organizations. As President of Prosperity Financial Group, a top-tier Financial Advisory Firm, and Partner in Prosperity Wealth Management, he has led his organizations to be actively involved with many charities as this has been a lifelong theme.

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