A "Rae" of Hope

To honor their daughter’s memory, Jeff and Jerri Torres chose Rachel’s Challenge to offer a "Rae" of hope to young people struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide.

Rachel’s Challenge is a nonprofit organization based on the life and writings or Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine school shootings.  Rachel’s story has reached over 24 million people and prompting an average of 150 unsolicited emails, letters, and Facebook entries every year from students who were planning to commit suicide but changed their mind after experiencing Rachel’s Challenge.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens.  In a recent national survey 1 out of 6 teens had seriously considered taking their lives.  Rachel’s Challenge offers a ray of hope that is inspiring many young people to abandon thoughts of suicide and choose life.

Rachel’s Challenge does not provide direct counseling or intervention services for students or parents. But some of our partners specialize in helping parents who think their children may be considering suicide. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline if you need immediate help at 1-800-273-8255.