Duke Energy grants Chaucie’s Place $5,000


Duke Energy Foundation has granted Chaucie’s Place $5,000 in support of the nonprofit organization’s youth suicide prevention program, Lifelines.

Lifelines’ primary goal is to help school communities recognize when a student is at potential risk of suicide and understand how and where to access help. Children who have been sexually abused are seven times more likely to commit suicide, and according to the 2009 Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 22 percent of girls and 12 percent of boys surveyed in grades 9 through 12 seriously considered attempting suicide.

These are tragic statistics Chaucie’s Place is committed to lowering.

“Reducing youth suicide statistics begins with awareness and prevention,” said Mark LaBarr, Duke Energy Indiana North Central district manager. “We are pleased to support Chaucie’s Place with these prevention programs in our local schools.”

The Duke Energy Foundation’s grant will fund Lifelines in Sheridan Community Schools and Westfield-Washington Schools. Through these partnerships, Chaucie’s Place staff will reach more than 2,700 administrators, faculty/staff, parents and eighth- through tenth-grade students with its newest program.