September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

-Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who dedicate their time to spreading awareness.

-Lets take some time today to remember the ones we have lost to suicide.

-Lets make a pledge to bring more awareness to suicide and mental illness in general.

-We can start by recognizing that people don’t “commit” suicide rather they die by suicide…. just like someone dies of a disease. 

-We need to start by changing little things like the verbiage we use to address and change the stigma surrounding death by suicide.


Sherri Bankston’s personal story of how depression and her husbands suicide has effected her.

I am 54 years old with a family history of depression.  I began taking anti-depressants in my late 20's.  They worked and still do.  In the beginning, every couple of years I would stop taking the medication and think to myself...I can do this, I do not need the medication.  I was always back on the medication within a couple of months.  I have come to accept that depression is a mental illness and something I can’t help or tackle on my own.  My husband supported me and helped me through my ups and downs.
About 5 years ago, I noticed my husband was not the same and was showing signs of depression.  I talked to him about it, and having gone through it with me, I was surprised he was so dismissive about his own depression.  He refused to acknowledge that he too was not suffering from depression.  I believe his was brought on by his mother's Alzheimer's and Parkinson struggle and her ultimate death.  When my husband was going for a routine doctor visit, I called the doctors office and told them I thought he was depressed and asked them to speak to my husband about it.  They did and he was dismissive of them. 

Three years ago, my husband committed suicide by hanging himself.  Needless to say, the vision of him hanging in his underwear is a vision that is forever etched in my memory.  It is also a vision that wakes me up in the middle of the night, still, in a cold sweat. 

In addition to this memory, I have the  memory of telling my son that his father was dead, committed suicide and watching a 26 year old man, still my baby, drop to his knees in the parking lot sobbing.  This memory too also wakes me up some nights in a cold sweat.

I lost both of my parents during the past 5 years to illness/age, lost my husband to suicide and have seen my son experience something no 26 year old should have to experience. 

Grieving is one thing, but to grieve the loss of someone you lost because of suicide is an entirely different process.

I struggle with the anxiety of worrying if something happens to me, my son will have no parents.  To be honest this scares the shit out of me. 

Writing this email has taken me 2 days but it has been cathartic in a sense. 

If I can help one person, then it will be worth it. 


"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can
do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now.
Let me not defer not neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."    -  Unknown

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month


September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Do you have a personal story dealing with suicide or the loss of someone who committed suicide? If so we would like to feature your story on our blog to help bring about awareness. Please send an e-mail to or fell free to post on our comment section. 

9-year-old boy commits suicide after being bullied bc he came out as gay.


Jamel Myles died by suicide Thursday

His mother said he recently came out as gay and was bullied at school

(CNN) — A 9-year-old boy in Colorado took his life days after starting the fourth grade last week. He had recently come out as gay to his mother, who believes that bullying was a factor in his death, she told HLN's Mike Galanos on Tuesday.

"The same kids who picked on him last year were even meaner to him once he came out and said he was gay," said Leia Pierce, Jamel Myles' mother. "They hurt my baby."

Denver Police said that Jamel's death appears to be a suicide. 


Though suicides rates for those under 13 are far lower than for teens and adults, experts have looked closely at a rise in deaths in recent years -- and what makes suicide-related behavior different for young children.

"Impulsivity plays a big role in the suicidal behavior of young kids not thinking through actions," said John Ackerman, a clinical psychologist and suicide prevention coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Ackerman was not involved in evaluating Myles' case.


Ackerman said that for some young kids, it can be hard to process or put the brakes on heightened emotional responses. Whereas teens may go through a series of thoughts and stages before engaging in suicidal behavior, for young children, "an impulse towards suicide can escalate really quickly," he said.

From 1999 to 2016, 1,430 children ages 5 to 12 took their own lives in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 121 such deaths on record for 2016, up from 102 the year before.

These data don't account for nonfatal suicide attempts, but other research has seen a rise in that, too: The percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts in the United States "almost doubled" between 2008 and 2015, according to a study published June in the journal Pediatrics. That study also found a seasonal pattern, with rates being lowest in the summer and highest in the spring and fall -- around the time when school is in session.

Not just a 'teenage problem'


"Many people, including medical professionals, think suicide is a teenage problem," Lisa Boesky, a private clinical psychologist and author who studies adolescent suicide, previously told CNN. "But suicide can happen at very young ages."


When looking for the warning signs for suicide in kids, "many people look for signs of depression," Boesky said. But that is more typical to teens, who tend to show mood swings and depression, she said. 


 A study in 2016 Found that kids under 12 who died by suicide were more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder than older kids. The authors say this could mean younger kids with mental health issues are more susceptible to impulsively responding to problems in their lives.

"That doesn't mean that most kids with ADHD are suicidal," said Ackerman, who was not involved in that study, but it does highlight the role impulsivity might play.

Although kids tend to understand the concept of death by the fifth grade, "they don't always understand the permanence of death in the same way," he added.

'Kids are struggling'


Experts say that bullying and suicide are closely related but caution against drawing too direct a link.


According to a CDC report, both bullies and their victims may sustain "serious and lasting negative effects" on their mental health, and they are more likely to report high levels of suicide-related behavior. But bullying isn't necessarily a direct cause of suicide, the report says. Most kids affected by bullying don't engage in this behavior.



Asking for help


 The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines sharply when people call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.

There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.

The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller's ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.


Youth and Young Adult Mental Health by the Numbers.


1) 1 in 5 young people have a diagnosable Mental disorder.

2) Half of people with lifetime mental illness have symptoms by age 14.

3) Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in children ages 10-24. 

-Awareness starting at a young age is imperative. -Treatment is’s often the stigma that stands in the way of parents of youth and young adults seeking treatment.

Tangible Movements goal is to bring awareness, offer solutions, resources, support, coping mechanisms and end the stigma of mental illness.

Book us to speak at your school via the contact us tab on our website. 



Southeastern Symposium On Mental Health. Greenville, SC


One minute teaser video from Torri Shack’s Presentation topic of : Mental Illness in Teens and Young Adults


The 2018 Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health Collaborations: Diversity and Inclusion-Integrating Research, Education, and Practice!


The theme for 2018 is Mental Health Collaborations: Diversity and Inclusion – Integrating Research, Education, and Practice. This annual educational forum will facilitate collaboration among patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, academicians and community partners for those suffering with mental illness.

The Executive Committee of the SESMH and our partners are committed to advancing the welfare of our communities through improving access to mental health care, knowledge and education. We are excited about the diversity of our program and the culmination of our collaborative efforts. We look forward to your participation in this annual event.



The 2018 Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health will feature:

·       Top-notch psychiatrists, researchers, psychologists and clinicians providing tools and resources to advance and sustain recovery from mental illness

·       Professional and mental health consumers discussing how they cope with their own mental illness and with clients or family members who have mental illness, while providing stories of experience and perspective on recovery

·       Networking opportunities

·       Topics about living with mental illness

·       Cutting-edge research updates and innovative recovery initiatives




We are proud and honored that our founder Torri Shack was selected to speak at the UC Davis Mental Health Conference on January 20th 2018. She told her story and spoke about the 4 different types of Bi-Polar Disorder. The UC Davis Mental Health Conference is an entirely student - Led initiative. It aims to engage students in de-stigmatization and education efforts, prompt attendees to organize around mental health issues, and offer them the opportunity for self reflection and healing through mental health discourse. 






My name Is Torri Shack, I am the Founder and President of Tangible Movement.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that was formed to inspire, educate and provide support for youth and young adults who are struggling with depression, addiction, sexual and gender identity issues and abuse.


Below are some statistics about Depression, Suicide, Sexual and Gender Identity Issues and Abuse as it relates to High School and College Students.


-       Worldwide 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20’s.

-       Depression increases a teen’s risk of suicide 12 times.

-       30 percent of teens with depression also develop a substance abuse problem.

-       In the U.S.- Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people age 14-25.

-       One in seven young Australians experience a mental health condition

-       More than a third of teenage girls in England suffer from depression and anxiety.

-       According to a study published in 1996 by the CDC we now know that 1.3 million kids, or 8% of all high school students in America identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual (GLB).

-       18% Of GLB students have reported being raped at some point in their life which is three times rate of straight students.

-       GLB students were twice as likely to be bullied, both online and on school property.

-       GLB Students were twice as likely to stay home to avoid being bullied.

-       30% of GLB students have attempted suicide, more than four times the rate of straight students.

-       60% of GLB students reported feeling “sad or hopeless,” twice the rate of their straight peers.


Now that you have the hard facts in front of you, do you know how to effectively deal with these issues?  It has been proven that identification with another person that has gone through the same or similar circumstances is one of the best ways to offer hope. 


I would like to come speak at your school and share my experience, strength and hope as it relates to the above issues.  I was the statistic, at 14 years old I was diagnosed severely depressed and I started cutting and using drugs and alcohol.  At age 15 I was admitted to my first psychiatric institution for attempted suicide. At 17 I was admitted to my first drug and alcohol treatment center and I was kicked out of high school for fighting.   I felt different, I felt hopeless, I felt alone. 

Over the years I would get a small amount of time sober only to relapse again and again until I ended up broke and homeless.  I was not properly medicated so my bi-polar depression had me by in a strangle hold. 

Over the last 7 years I have put my life back together, I am now properly medicated, I have been sober and free from my eating disorder for the last 7 years, my career has taken be all over the world working with some of the biggest names in the music business. I have traveled the world with some of the biggest names in the music business. Now I am dedicating my life to helping youth and young adults who are battling the same daemons that have plagued me. 


I want to share about the tools I use to alleviate the symptoms of depression.  I want to de-stigmatize mental illness by opening up a dialogue with your students.  I want them to know that they are not alone and that they can live a “normal” life regardless of what they are currently struggling with at the moment. I want them to know and understand and believe there is a solution. 



Please e-mail to book me as a speaker. 


In good Health,


Torri Shack.



We have been quiet this year because we have been waiting for our official 501(c)(3) status to come through. 

What does it mean to be a qualified 501(c)(3)? It means that your donations are tax deductible!

Why have we been waiting to be active in the community until we got this status? We want to hold large fundraising events and in order to do so we need to be a qualified 501(c)(3).  We want to focus on speaking at high schools and universities.  In order to speak at most schools and universities in the United States we have to be a qualified 501(c)(3).  Basically in order to be taken seriously as a qualified non-profit we need to be a 501(c)(3).  



TM Fundraiser to be held in Sydney, Australia!

Tangible Movement fundraiser in SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 9/25 @ 2pm with special guest Kate Jenkinson from the hit show Wentworth. 100% of proceeds to benefit @tangiblemovement

WHEN: Sunday September 25th @2:00pm

WHERE: Manning Bar

1800 013 201



Level Two Manning House Manning Rd University of Sydney NSW 2000

WHAT: Karaoke with Kate - live auction including autographed items, with a formal meet and greet!

COST: $25

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Donation to the Clare Foundation

Tangible Movement just made a donation today to sponsor an individual's sober living costs at the #ClareFoundation 🙌 It was an honor and privilege to meet these phenomenal women! Thank you for the support and advice on how we can change lives for the better - together! #strengthinnumbers #dosomethingtangible #tangiblemovement #bethechange #recovery #donate #trudgetheroad #leanintogether #socialgood #4change #causes #volunteer #changemakers #aid #giveback #humans4humanity #supportlocal #santamonica

 Clare Foundation & Tangible Movement

Clare Foundation & Tangible Movement