What You Do
Makes the Difference
With your help, we can encourage individuals to take proactive steps in preventing suicide by engaging in activities, practicing relaxation techniques, showing kindness, promoting laughter, and providing education.
Regular physical activity and exercise have numerous positive effects on mental well-being.
PROVEN BENEFITS OF BEING ACTIVE
Relaxation techniques can help survivors of suicide loss and those at risk manage stress, anxiety, and emotional distress which are often significant contributing factors to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
RELAXATION TECHNIQUES WE SUPPORT
Rest, recovery and renewal for
mind, body and spirit
Relieve stress and loosen tightness in the body
COLD & HEAT
Relief of muscle pain, sprains,
swelling, and inflammation
Silence the mind and become present in the moment
Deepen your breath and
Therapy and training for deep and restorative sleep
The most important thing we have to offer each other is ourselves. Please share your stories of
kindness and support on Instagram.
@SPARKLECGF | #SPARKLEkindness | #MyPreventionStory
SENSITIVITY IS VITAL WHEN SHARING. HERE ARE SOME TIPS.
Highlight hope & recovery
Emphasize your journey towards healing and recovery. Sharing stories of how you overcame or are managing suicidal thoughts and feelings can provide hope to others who may be struggling.
Encourage seeking help
While sharing personal experiences is valuable, it's important to stress the importance of seeking professional mental health support. Your story can be an inspiration for someone to take that step.
Avoid graphic details
Be mindful of the language and details you use in your story. Avoid graphic descriptions of self-harm or suicide methods, as they can be triggering for some individuals.
Be prepared for responses
Be ready to receive responses from individuals who may be going through difficult times. Offer empathy and support, but remember that you are not a mental health professional. Encourage those in crisis to seek appropriate help.
If your story involves others, especially if they are still living, obtain their consent before sharing any information that could identify them. Be respectful of their privacy and feelings.
Check your motives
Reflect on your reasons for sharing your story. Make sure your primary goal is to help and support others rather than seeking attention or validation.
Humor reduces depression and anxiety. We’re here to offer a few laughs for a good cause.
Help is available
Speak with someone today.
24-hour 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Call, text, and chat to trained counselors.
Dial 988 if you, or someone you know is in crisis.someone you know is in crisis.
SPARKLE – The Carla Gallup Foundation was founded in 2023 by Derek Gallup. Carla and Derek were married for 30 years and have a daughter, Christina and a son Tyler. Carla worked in the Fitness industry for 10 years prior to choosing to be a stay at home mom who successfully raised two great kids, one who graduated from UCLA and the other attends UC Berkeley.
In 2020, the US government shut down most positive outlets for mental health such as beaches, parks, churches and gyms and made businesses essential that masked pain with new addictions such as fast food, liquor stores, dispensaries, casino and strip clubs. At this time Carla (like many others) suffered from depression, anxiety and insomnia. During this time, we agreed that what happened was that Carla lost her SPARKLE. She fought valiantly for 2.5 years, but sadly lost her battle with mental illness in October of 2022.
As Derek and family found ways to deal with grief and loss, we found some amazing organizations to help with suicide prevention and survivors of suicide loss. However, we found that none of the organizations we connected with to have activity, fitness and nutrition as the key pillars to help with prevention and for survivors while helping to remove the stigma associated with mental illness. Our mission now was to turn pain into purpose.
The board of SPARKLE is made of up of an experienced team of leaders who have been affected by mental illness in their families including Chris Smith, CEO of Fitness World with 16 locations in Vancouver, CA and Mark Corey, President of Arrowhead Insurance Group in San Diego, CA.
SPARKLE is working to help the fitness industry create a larger impact on mental health by helping to raise awareness and funding for mental health and survivors of suicide loss programs. Additionally, SPARKLE will bring groups to fitness facilities and other recreational activities who will benefit from group activities including exercise, relaxation, education on helping topics such as nutrition, sleeping, meditation, therapy, community and more.