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SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives.

SAVE is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and operating under the nonprofit laws of the State of Minnesota. SAVE works at the international, national, state and local levels to prevent suicide using a public health model in suicide prevention; concentrating its efforts on education and awareness.  SAVE operates by the guidelines published in the Surgeon Generals Call to Action to Prevent Suicide (1999) and the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2012). Over the years, SAVE’s Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers have included survivors who bring a special affinity for suicide prevention, along with other skills, to ensure organizational growth, development and effective management and operational talents to the agency.

Our Mission

To prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.

Our Story

Adina Wrobleski lost her daughter to suicide in 1979. Despite searching endlessly for information, resources, and support to help her and her family through the tragedy, Adina was unable to find what she needed. So began her quest to learn everything she could about depression and suicide. Adina quickly became a local expert in suicide, speaking and writing publicly about the topic. By the late 1980’s, she became a nationally known suicidologist, taking part in research, writing journal articles and books, and lecturing with some of the top scientists of the time.

Adina met with six other suicide survivors (people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide) and collectively they decided there was a great need for an organization to address suicide prevention. SAVE was incorporated, with Adina as the first Executive Director.

SAVE_Founders

Founding Members of SAVE

Our Milestones

1989

After the tragic loss of her daughter in 1979, 10 years later Adina Wrobleski and five others founded SAVE.

1990

SAVE is incorporated as a 501(c)3 and first SAM event held at the State Capitol.

1999

Save has been operating under the hard work and dedication of volunteers for nearly ten years. SAVE hires first staff & is a founding member of the NCSP.

2001

SAVE first in the field to use media and mass marketing .

2006

First prevention and grief materials to be listed on the Best Practices Registry.

2009

SAVE’s research was published on the use of public awareness and suicide in Crisis – The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Another publication was accepted in 2011.

SAVE launched a new national PSA campaign titled “You Can Too,” featuring television, radio, print and billboard materials.  SAVE generated over one billion impressions.

2012

Education program LEADS: For Youth listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

SAVE authors chapter in the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. 

2014

SAVE is instrumental in the development of the first National Research Agenda.

2015

Launches award winning Public Service Announcement in Times Square.

Our Team

Daniel J. Reidenberg, Psy.D., FAPA

Executive Director

952-946-7998

dreidenberg@save.org

Francene Young Rolstad

Business Manager

952-946-7998

frolstad@save.org

Linda Mars

National Outreach Network Director & Events Coordinator

952-946-7998

lmars@save.org

Jennifer Owens

Program Manager

952-946-7998

jowens@save.org

Natalie Gannon

Program Coordinator

952-946-7998

ngannon@save.org

Amy Rottunda

Bookkeeper

952-946-7998

arottunda@save.org