For Immediate Release
Suicide Prevention Help
Canadian Artist Offers Limited Edition Prints to Raise Funds for the Creation of a Global Suicide Prevention Web Directory.
Quebec - , - Canadian artist, Kenneth Hemmerick, is developing a global
suicide prevention Web directory. He is offering limited edition prints
of his beautiful Scanned Flowers series to raise funds for this project.
In the days before Google, interdisciplinary fine artist, Kenneth
Hemmerick, created a Suicide Prevention Help
(http://www.suicidepreventionhelp.com) website because he was shocked
to discover that there are sites on the Internet that encourage people
to kill themselves.
Essentially, the website is an open "friendship letter" for those
who are despairing, and contemplating suicide. To date, over 345,000
people have visited the site, and he has answered letters from
thousands of readers, offering a few kind words and links to online and
Hemmerick is developing his website further with a Suicide
Prevention Web Directory where researchers, professionals and lay
people can find high quality resources relating to suicide and suicide
prevention from around the world, including research, government
programs and initiatives, community and other support programs and
groups, treatment programs, categories for teens and young adults,
news, reference, etc.
Hemmerick notes that there are many resources on the Web, but there
are few central locations where one can browse related sites by
category. He plans to make this directory available to other suicide
Googling "suicide prevention" yields 17,700,000 results. The
suicide prevention Web directory will make it easier for Internet users
to find resources and support.
In the US, suicide took the lives of 30,622 people in 2001 (CDC
2004), and in 2002, 132,353 individuals were hospitalized following
suicide attempts; 116,639 were treated in emergency departments and
released (CDC 2004).
He states, "it will take approximately six months to develop a
comprehensive directory of approximately 4-6,000 reviewed quality
sites." Kenneth has over five years’ experience as a Web editor and
consultant, and has reviewed over 30,000 Canadian, US, South African,
Indian, Singaporean and Maylasian websites.
Kenneth is selling limited editions of works from his beautiful
Scanned Flowers Series (http://www.suicidepreventionhelp.com/web.html)
to raise funds that will enable him to purchase Web directory software,
and to devote his time to creating this needed Internet resource.
In this series of outstanding photos, he took freshly-picked
flowers from his garden and scanned them using a flatbed scanner. He
then digitally painted the images, producing a remarkable body of work
composed of over 100 flowers.
Scanned flowers from this series are sold in limited editions of
10, and come with a certificate of authenticity. Signed works, with
accompanying certificates, are printed on professional acid free paper,
and are sent everywhere throughout the world.
Read an article recently published in The Montreal
about his Suicide Prevention Help site and experience with suicide and
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