Rattle the Stars

Preventing Suicide. Promoting Living.

Champaign, IL   |  rattlethestars.org

Mission

Our mission is to prevent suicide.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Kim Bryan

Main address

4002 Tallgrass Dr

Champaign, IL 61822-2033 USA

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EIN

81-3198241

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nationally, 1 in 6 youth and 1 in 25 adults have thoughts of suicide, and over 48,000 Americans die of suicide each year. In Illinois, nearly 1500 people die of suicide each year, including nearly 100 youth. Suicide is not caused by mental illness, but is instead the result of complex biological, psychological, and social factors. Suicide is a social issue, yet prevention efforts focus on individual mental health treatment rather than community-based interventions that mitigate risk factors, build protective factors, and create networks of support. Suicide is treated as an individual defect, rather than a response to stress, crisis, and trauma, and as such, suicidal people are discriminated against and oppressed in treatment and intervention programs that are not designed to meet their needs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RTS/C Responding to Suicide with Compassion

We provide training to youth and adults (parents, school staff, professionals, and the general public) to teach them how to recognize, respond to, and support someone having thoughts of suicide. Our program uses strategies guided by compassion, cultural awareness, and centering the needs of those experiencing suicide. Participants learn the scope and impacts of suicide, and risk and protective factors for suicide, including discussions of high-risk populations (youth, LGBTQ+, veterans). We also build skills (depending on audience) in asking and talking about suicide, risk screening, means safety, safety planning, connecting to services, and documentation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students receiving information on suicide

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

RTS/C Responding to Suicide with Compassion

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 we began piloting our training program to a limited number of youth.

Number of adults receiving information on suicide

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

RTS/C Responding to Suicide with Compassion

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 we began piloting our training program to a limited number of adults.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are working to prevent suicide. Our goal is not just to prevent suicide deaths, but also prevent suicidal thoughts and behaviors by promoting life. We work to reduce risk factors, build protective factors, and to create community-wide support networks to provide services and supports that meet the needs of suicidal people and their supportive persons.

We center the voices and needs of people who have experienced suicide in all of work. In our suicide prevention consultation service, we work within institutions to promote cultural change to create norms and social spaces built on understanding, safety, and support. Rather than telling suicidal people to ask for help, we work to eliminate discrimination so that they feel safe doing so. Understanding that people exist in many spaces, we offer this service to schools, businesses, and community groups and agencies. Our youth and adult training programs advocate for treating suicidal people with respect and dignity and shifting from risk-averse responses to compassionate, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental, strengths-based, trauma-informed responses. We also understand that people experiencing suicide need ongoing support from their social networks. Rather than teaching people to simply refer suicidal people to mental health services, we teach skills that people can continue to use to be a supportive person. Understanding that suicide is a community issue, we expand suicide prevention beyond mental health services to include a variety of other formal and informal support networks, including schools, businesses, and other community organizations. We collaborate with and support other organizations that interact with people at-risk for suicide, such as those that serve veterans, the LGBTQ+ community, the elderly, youth (including bullying prevention), survivors of sexual assault and abuse, survivors of domestic violence, and people impacted by community violence.

Currently, we have the capability to provide training to approximately 5,000 people per year, and to provide consultation to approximately 20 organizations per year. We also host two large community events each year and participate in at least 10 other events to share information and resources. With funding for additional staff, we will expand our capability to bring suicide prevention services to the community.

We have developed training programs for a variety of audiences, we have provided training to hundreds of people, and we have assisted several organizations in completing suicide response plans. We will continue to expand our programs and reach more people in the community. We are also building capacity to offer postvention support using a therapy dog and to begin offering direct support services to people affected by suicide.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rattle the Stars

Board of directors
as of 4/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Paul Saban

University of Illinois School of Social Work


Board co-chair

Stacey Peterik

Urbana School District

Stephanie Kim

University of Illinois School of Social Work

Lori Seiler

Beau Rivage Casino

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable