BREAK THE STIGMA

Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation

The Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation was established by the family of Tomas (Tommy) Corral III, a 19-year-old who lost his battle with depression to suicide. Since the Foundation was established they have been working in the community to increase education on the factors that lead to suicide and create resources to help those struggling with mental illness and suicidal thoughts.

Each Breath of Faith 5k3k

The Each Breath of Faith Family 5k Fun Run & 3k Dog Walk is held annually in April at Sinnissippi Bike Path along the Rock River in Rockford Illinois. This family friendly event includes fun activities for the kids and dogs, drawings for baskets, offers education, and showcases several organizations that help spread awareness, educate, and provide support for mental health, suicide prevention, trauma, or support animals.

Tommy Corral Memorial

The purpose of the Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation is to expand understanding, empathy, and provide supportive services in our community for mental illness and prevent suicide.  To achieve these goals, the Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation pledges to work collaboratively and support charitable organizations that support families of suicide and individuals struggling with mental illness, however possible.  The Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation also supports efforts to improve education, concerning these serious topics in our schools and throughout our community.

Ride to Fight Suicide

The Tommy Corral Memorial Ride to Fight Suicide is held annually in August navigates a beautiful countryside ride each year to honor Tommy’s life and those who are fighting every day while providing educational opportunities. The ride ends at Kegel’s Harley Davidson with raffles and food trucks.  All types of rides including vehicles are welcomed to join.

What leads to suicide?

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair.

Suicide Warning Signs

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors.

Hours of Therapy Sessions

Trained in Mental Health First Aid

Jennifer K. Cacciapaglia

I completed the Mental Health First Aid training last year through the City of Rockford, and I highly recommend others enroll in this course. Whether you work directly with a population experiencing mental health challenges or not, you will walk away from this training with practical, day to day skills which give you a new perspective on how to interact not only with someone in a mental health crisis but also how to better interact with and treat people, in general.  The instructors challenged my implicit bias surrounding mental health issues and very specifically taught me that we all have something to learn. The MHFA training was one of the most impactful training I have taken part in during my career, and everyone would benefit from the course.

Lindsey McClanathan, LCSW

“The Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation, under the leadership of Xavier Whitford, is doing amazing work in our community. They advocate for mental health resources, assist individuals in getting connected to services, support the needs of individuals and their families, and educate the community on the importance of mental health awareness. They are actively doing work to reduce the stigma of reaching out for help. They provide financial support for individuals who are in need of services but can’t afford it on their own. Riverside Counseling Center is proud to partner with them in supporting the needs of our community!”

Lindsey McClanathan, LCSW
Riverside Counseling Center

Tracey

I can’t thank TCMF enough for helping my husband in his time of need. Life is hard enough and then the company he worked for closed up due to COVID. As time went on,  with the combination of health issues, mounting stress, and uncertainty of his circumstances,  he felt he was losing his grip and the will to continue on. His feelings of hopelessness were taking over and without insurance at that point, we didn’t know where to turn for help. A dear friend referred me to Xavier of TCMF. Speaking to Xavier, I felt her strength, empathy, and compassion immediately. She did everything she could to assist us with funding and a referral so my husband could see a counselor before things got any worse. Having someone he could talk to when he needed it most desperately helped him immensely. My husband is now back to work and continuing to move forward in his mental health. We are truly grateful to TCMF for the assistance the foundation provided which was able to fill the gap until we could figure out a plan to help ourselves. Thank you Xavier and TCMF!

Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation

The Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation was established by the family of Tomas (Tommy) Corral III, a 19 year old who lost his battle with depression to suicide. Since the Foundation was established they have been working in the community to increase education on the factors that lead to suicide and create resources to help those struggling with mental illness and suicidal thoughts.

Along with providing funds and opportunities for many community members to get certified in Mental Health First Aid in order to become prepared and equipped to handle a mental health crisis, the Foundation provides financial support for individuals needing counesling with no insurance.  

What We Do?

The Foundation provides funds and opportunities for Mental Health First Aid training within the community.  Xavier Whitford, Tommy’s mother, is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor for both Adults and Public Safety.

Legislative Advocacy is a priority of the Foundation.  In March of 2016, Xavier and her daughter, Makaya, traveled to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress to plead with them to mandate student training in schools for suicide prevention and awareness.  Xavier also travels annually to Springfield, Illinois to meet with Legislators in order to improve communication and state laws and sits on the Advisory Board for 67th District.

The Foundation also provides financial support for individuals who need mental health counseling or therapy, but do not have insurance or financial means to pay for services.  TCMF has built relationships with local counseling groups to collaborate and get individuals seen while the foundation pays for sessions to get individuals safe and stable.

As an additional resource, the Foundation offers grief support groups for both mom and dad’s who have lost young adult children.  

The only feelings and awareness is to what is happening now.

Remember when someone is suicidal, sometimes they can only think about the right now. Next week and even tomorrow is too far into the future for them to think about.