The Jones family is a close-knit crew that celebrates life and seeks to make the world a better place through even the most tragic of times.

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In 2016, Pete Jones, beloved son, brother, and friend, took his own life after suffering with depression since his early teens. Rather than hide from the reality of his story, the family stepped into the light and made it their mission to #StompTheStigma surrounding mental health issues and champion mental health education among youth in our community through The Pete Foundation.

Through school-based education programs, community events, the PeteFest music festival, and other modes of outreach, the family and their incredible village of volunteer support is working hard to help others avoid the tragedy they experienced.

On this week’s episode of the #502LeaderSeries we sat down with Pete Foundation CEO Michelle Jones and COO Molly Jones to hear their story and passion for addressing mental illness before it exists, as they seek to help youth build resiliency and develop the tools they need to weather even the hardest seasons of life before they happen.

To learn more about how you can contribute to the mission and programming of The Pete Foundation CLICK HERE!

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and need to talk, contact Louisville-based Centerstone 24-Hour Hotline at (502) 589-4313 or the National Suicide Prevention/Talk Line at (800) 273-TALK.

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