Jude Platzer’s work has a simple goal: to prevent suicide. After the tragic loss of her 15 year old son, Jude founded the Josh Platzer Society for Teen Suicide Prevention and turned her grief into action. She is dedicated to ‘breaking the silence’ and removing the stigma of suicide through open conversations with parents, youth, educators and medical and social service professionals. Jude’s efforts have ensured the success of three major forums on suicide prevention and she has motivated students to distribute 10,000 wrist bands, imprinted with a special crisis line phone number and website. Through her ongoing and expanding efforts, Jude Platzer has made a profound and lasting impact on the health and well-being of BC’s youth.