After losing their beautiful 16-year-old daughter, Cassidy, to suicide in 2015, the Hess family created the Cassidy Joined for Hope Foundation to ensure that this tragedy does not befall any other family in their community. Cassidy Joined for Hope, Inc. is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation focused on teen suicide prevention in schools and the community. We acknowledge that teen suicides are not isolated instances but rather the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. No community or family is immune.
The mission of the Cassidy Joined for Hope Foundation is to prevent teen suicide. We are dedicated to providing resources, support, and education to schools and communities, aiming to save our teens.
Suicide prevention requires a community-wide effort, starting with children and schools. By challenging stigma and breaking the silence, we initiate life-saving conversations. Our goal is to educate students, teachers, and parents about warning signs through mental health screening programs. The Cassidy Joined for Hope Foundation raises awareness through student-led ‘Joined for Hope’ Clubs, promoting hope, kindness, and open discussions about mental health. We extend awareness through speaking engagements and award scholarships to seniors passionate about Breaking the Silence on teen suicide.
Congressman Kevin Brady, an original Hometown Hero, and Linda Nelson, a 2015 Hometown Hero, presented the prestigious 2017 Hometown Hero award to Kim and Jud Hess (on behalf of Cassidy Joined for Hope) in recognition of their remarkable efforts in spreading awareness of teen suicide prevention throughout the community. Cassidy Joined for Hope is the first non-profit foundation to receive the esteemed Hometown Hero award in The Woodlands. Their unwavering commitment to preventing teen suicide has deeply touched the hearts of the community. Congratulations! (Oct. 7, 2017)