Meet SOLOS Founder, Jennifer Cagle-Huffman. Jennifer is a born and raised Missourian. After the loss of her mother, LaVonn Cagle, to suicide in 1998 she wanted to help others through this unique grief, to know they were not alone. In 2012 Jennifer was trained through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator. The same year she founded SOLOS Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, beginning as a local face-to-face peer based suicide grief support group in South East Missouri. Soon thereafter she created a SOLOS page on Facebook, which currently reaches over 12,000 members. In 2014 nine SOLOS online suicide grief support groups were established. In 2015 Jennifer saw her dream become a reality when SOLOS Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc. become a official nonprofit organization. Todate SOLOS has touched thousands of survivors of suicide loss worldwide; including the UK, Belgium, Africa, Greenland, Iceland, New Zealand, and Australia.
Finding healing herself through talking about her loss, Jennifer has publicly spoken in front of thousands, in hopes of educating and helping others to know they are not alone on their journey through suicide grief. Jennifer has a deep passion for helping others, because of her own life experiences. She has spoken before audiences at several American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walks and International Survivors of Loss Days in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and also the Greater Kansas Walk in 2014. Jennifer has been invited to speak in front of college classrooms, and share her first hand account of being a suicide loss survivor. Jennifer has spoken in break out sessions at the Cape Girardeau Suicide Prevention Conference and Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference. In 2016 at Blackhawk University in Janesville, WI. In 2016 at the Bipolar and Depression Support Group in Cape Girardeau, MO. Jennifer's latest endeavor includes the honor of working with the local CIT Training programs for law enforcement in both Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties. Where she gives a peer based recollection of the night her mother died by suicide and the effect that law enforcement had on her personal journey. Jennifer travels the country using her voice, in hopes of inspiring others through her own journey of hope, to know that they too can live through this unique loss.
If you or your organization would like to have Jennifer speak at your next event you can contact her below.
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Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc.