We are a non-profit organization servicing the great state of Michigan. Our mission is to prevent suicide loss through education, advocacy, and support, for survivors of suicide loss, individuals with lived experience of suicide, and those who love and care for someone with mental health struggles.
We are passionate about our goals and our mission, and this is why we minimize overhead to almost 0%. While we fundraise and accept donations for a variety of uses, all of which are dedicated to our mission, we allocate the vast majority of funds raised for direct financial assistance for survivors of suicide loss, helping defray and alleviate the unexpected cost burdens associated with their loss.
To accomplish our goals, we fundraise through participation in many community events, including festivals, fundraisers, memorials, and remembrances, as well as providing event sponsorships and speakers when such events align with our mission.
Six Feet Over envisions a world free of suicide loss – one where people from diverse backgrounds have access to the resources and tools they need to live peacefully and support their family and peers around issues of mental health.
To make our vision a reality, Six Feet Over strategically positions itself within the community and defines 4 goals. These goals will help us create profound change at the grassroots, familial, and community levels throughout Michigan.
We educate, train, and equip individuals with helpful and relevant resources, to encourage awareness, understanding, and conversation about suicide.
We cultivate a visible presence in the community through collaboration with artists and local businesses, to make our work and our passion better known.
We distribute our branded products and awareness materials, to both further our visible presence and help fund our programming.
We assist individuals with lived experience and their families to ease the difficulty and pain of their grieving and healing processes.
Our Founder’s Story
Katie Hardy is the Founder and CEO of Six Feet Over. Katie founded the Detroit-based nonprofit in 2013 to serve the survivors of suicide loss in her community, aiming to provide financial assistance for costs associated such as funerals, clean up and memorials, as well as to provide outreach, awareness, and resources to her community. Six Feet Over, and its program Suck It! Suicide, are now focused on helping all survivors, with a special interest in the non-mainstream communities of music, art and youth demographics.
After surviving 8 losses by suicide, beginning with the loss of her mother in 2003, Katie found that support groups and functions catered too much to the norms of society, avoiding and minimizing the needs of authenticity and honesty in the grieving process. She saw a profound need within her community for information, conversation, and postvention after loss.
Since then, Katie has spoken at and participated in facilitating many events including Survivors’ Day conferences, school and community events, memorials, and has continued to tell her story to both public and private companies, providing a better understanding and more insight into the life of a survivor.
Katie was recently nominated and voted in to serve on the Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and she has been featured in several articles and blogs including Hour Detroit, The Oakland Press, BLocal Detroit, and Hip In Detroit, as well as mentions in The Metro Times and discussions in the podcast A History of the Ridiculous.
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Ray and Laura’s Comedy Jam
April 12 | Save the date for our annual comedy benefit show and raffle at Small’s in Hamtramck! Time TBD.
American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference
April 24-27 | Denver, CO
Headed to the AAS Conference? Come see board members Amelia Lehto, Kate Hardy, and Misha Kessler as they present and participate in panels. For a full schedule of events, click here.
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If you or someone you know is in crisis, you have options. Please text "SIS" to 741741 to speak with a trained counselor; call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; call 911; or visit your nearest Emergency Room.
We are a non-profit organization servicing the great state of Michigan. We work to strengthen our community by spreading awareness and educating others about mental illness and suicide prevention, supporting and advocating on behalf of those in need, and connecting them with resources.