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mental health awareness & support

for college-aged students with the aim to provide solutions and prevent suicide.

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Ben Longley

In memory of

Ben Longley

1998-2020

In April 2019, Ben started showing signs of a mental illness that shocked and ultimately rocked the world for all of us that knew and loved Ben. He fought so hard to find the answers to what was happening to him; however, the internal struggle and lack of a clear medical diagnosis, became too much. On July 21, 2020, Ben took his life. 

Ben Longley was born on March 18, 1998, in Harare Zimbabwe. He was the only son of Paul and Leigh and younger brother to Emma and Kirsty. In 2004, at the age of five, Ben moved with his family to the USA and Sioux Falls became his hometown.

For 22 years Ben was a kind, loving, loyal and fun-loving son, brother and friend. He had a thirst for knowledge and knew so many random facts on so many topics. It was this quest to know more about people, places and things that led to hours of debating with both his family and friends.

In April 2019, Ben started showing signs of a mental illness that shocked and ultimately rocked the world for all of us that knew and loved Ben. He fought so hard to find the answers to what was happening to him; however, the internal struggle and lack of a clear medical diagnosis, became too much. On July 21, 2020, Ben took his life.

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There was 1 death every 11 minutes from suicide

Nearly 46,000 people died by suicide

12.2 Million seriously thought about suicide

3.2 Million made a plan for suicide

In 2020. All statistics from CDC.gov