- Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 12-18. -
- In ages 10-14, we have seen an alarming 128% increase in suicides since
1980, making it the third leading cause of death for that age group.
- More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart
disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic
lung disease, COMBINED.
- Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by
young people grades 7-12
Statistics as reported by the Parent Resource Program. Perform-4A-Purpose is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit and sister organization to Positively Funny, Inc. Comedy. Click HERE to learn more about Positively Funny Inc. As a part of Perform-4A-Purpose's Anti-Bullying efforts, we have established an initiative known as "Bullying Is Not Funny!" Please visit our website at www.bullyingisnotfunny.org.
If you are teen experiencing a crisis, call 911 or 1-800-784-2433
Perform-4A-Purpose is seeking funding support to produce a stage production called
"Sleepwalk" - a teen-oriented play that takes on the issue of suicide. The play written by Emmy-winning playwright William Mastrosimone, is meant to be performed by teens for teens. Creatively blending humor, pathos and imagination, the play tells the story of Dillon, a young man flirting with suicide. With input of mental health professionals, it was written to foster open dialogue about depression and suicide and remove the stigma associated with seeking professional help.
As the curtain opens, Dillon who has already written a suicide note, enters a dream world populated by characters who are personifications of the emotional turmoil he, and many teens, experience. The story follows him on his inner journey from impulse to reason.
The production comes complete with Teacher Discussion Guides for post production.
P4AP hopes to bring "Sleepwalk" to local stages in Spring 2014. Please click HERE to help sponsor this award-winning production for area youth and teens. lf you are a TEEN wanting to audition for "Sleepwalk", click HERE for more information. lf you are a SCHOOL wanting to book a performance of "Sleepwalk", click HERE for more information.