Our mission is to prevent suicide by advocating for people who are coping with mental illness, depression
Kiante Vernae Michael (Key-ahn-tee-ver-nay) was an intelligent, social, loyal and fun person to be in the around. Whenever you were in her presence and had the chance to hear her raspy voice, you knew you would be surrounded by warmth and joy. Kiante was open, loving, supportive and she was REAL.
During Kiante's late teen years and into her early twenties, she began to battle depression, and was soon diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Kiante became reclusive, gained weight and distanced herself from friends and family. In the summer of 2014, she returned home with family and began to receive treatment for her cognitive disorder.
A year and a half later on September 20, 2015, Kiante concluded her life. As we tried diligently to navigate the pain of tragically losing Kiante, we were also still healing from the passing of her late mother, Linda. Linda also committed suicide in 1997.
The Kiante Vernae Foundation was founded in her honor. Our goal is to prevent other families from possibly going through the same heartache, and to also extend the lasting legacy of a legendary person.
SAVE LIVES & ADVOCATE
SUICIDE IS THE 10TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE US
ANXIETY DISORDERS ARE THE MOST COMMON MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE U.S.
79% OF GLOBAL SUICIDES OCCUR IN LOW-MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES
10-15% U.S. WOMEN DEVELOP MAJOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
CLOSE TO 800,000 PEOPLE DIE BY SUICIDE EVERY YEAR