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National Suicide Prevention Week: Remembering Tim Allen

Posted by Ryan Morgan on September 09, 2013 at 11:11 AM

One year ago today, we lost a very dear friend and lifelong advocate for young people.

Tim Allen Tim Allen was a wonderful spirit, and an energetic young man who couldn’t wait to make a difference. He was kind, gentle, and so genuinely sweet natured.

In the year since Tim’s death, I have been struck by the number of lives he touched. People still come up to Tell Them staffers, hug us, and say “I knew Tim. I miss him.”

The SWARM Council that he personally selected excelled last year, and continues to produce the future leaders of our movement. The stones he laid are becoming a foundation for our future work with South Carolina’s young people. We haven't forgotten you, Tim. We miss you. You cannot be replaced.

I often find myself thinking about Tim. Would he like the new volunteer organizing system we're using? Would he like the new “South Carolinians for Sex Ed” t-shirts we’re going to use this year. Would he see his fingerprints on the incorporation of SWARM into a larger mobilization strategy.

I wonder what skills he would have learned by now and what leadership qualities would he have taken on. I wonder if he would still be working with Tell Them, or would he have moved on to new adventures.

As we mark National Suicide Prevention Week, I find myself thinking about Tim more and more. I hope that he is in a good place. I wish I could see his silly smile, feel his infectious energy, and hear his next insane idea.

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National Suicide Prevention Week runs from September 8, 2013 through September 14, 2013. Resources are available through the American Association of Suicidology.


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