Bouquets of Hope Now on Sale
Bouquets of Hope are sold each fall to raise funds for the Jay’s Hope Fund. Those funds are used to support mental health awareness activities.
For more information or to order yours, click here!
What Is Jay’s Hope Fund?
Jay Carter Ashby, our third child, was very much a wanted child. Adored by his family,he was usually found running on the soccer field, dribbling a basketball, sketching caricatures or locating a new fishing spot. A good student, talented athlete,and gifted musician, Jay was in his late teens when things began to change… and life would never be the same for him, or our family. At an age when most are preparing for their careers, Jay developed a schizophrenia-related disorder. The depression, delusions and stigma would not release Jay from their grip, and eventually he gave up on life.
Just what does a grieving parent do to cope with such a loss? Jay had expressed his hopes: to have a place to live, to have a job, to contribute to society. If he had only had the appropriate care in time to give him a chance… And so Jay’s Hope was born as a way to bring hope to other sufferers of serious mental illnesses, and their families!
With sincere gratitude,
Hank and Susan Ashby
Jay’s loving parents
Who Is Jay?
In May 2015, the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation and SMA Behavioral launched “Who is Jay?” as their mental health month awareness campaign. The campaign’s main focus was providing a website that offered hope, and educational materials and resources regarding mental illness. In just over a month the site was visited over 6,000 times…that is over 6,000 people reached with the message of Jay Ashby. Publicity included social media, billboards in Volusia, Putnam and St. Johns Counties, t-shirts worn by staff and community members, vehicle magnets, buttons and more.
Partners in the community included the Department of Juvenile Justice, Volusia County Schools and Halifax Health. Thanks to everyone who was a part of this project and helped promote mental health awareness.
Haven’t visited the site yet? Check it out at www.whoisjay.org.