The Scott M. Fisher Foundation was formed to help reach young adults suffering from depression in the Culpeper area. Family and friends formed the Foundation in honor of Scott M. Fisher who, despite his depression, was so helpful to others. It is in Scott’s honor that we continue his practice of helping people.
The Foundation supports organizations like the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board (RRCSB) in their efforts to raise awareness of the warning signs of depression and suicide, share valuable information on how and where to seek help, and help provide emergency services.
Sadly, Culpeper has been classified as a high risk area for suicide. Our county has a 50% higher suicide rate than the average county in Virginia. Unfortunately, this information is not widely known and needs to be publicized. There is an urgent need here in our community for information and services. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention indicates that 50-75% of all those lost to suicide gave some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. So, everyone needs to be aware of what to look for and what to do.
The Foundation’s main fundraising event is the Good Karma Memorial Golf Tournament, held each year since 2010. We included “Good Karma” in the name of the tournament based on Scott’s license plate. The Tournaments are very popular. Overwhelming support from our local community has helped raise thousand of dollars to support depression awareness and suicide prevention in Culpeper. The Foundation also supports specialized causes like Healthy Culpeper's After School Arts Program, Bipolar Aware and Empower Culpeper. Click on Supported Programs for more information on these and other aided causes.
This year’s tournament will be held on Friday August 10, 2012. Please see our Golf Tournament page for more information on this year’s tournament.
The Culpeper Sport and Racquet Club hosted a tennis tournament in February, 2012 to benefit the Foundation. The net proceeds from the tennis tournament went to The Scott M. Fisher Foundation.
If you know of someone who needs help with depression or suicidal thoughts, please call the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board Clinic at 540-825-5656. You can call this number any time of day or night to reach a staff person. For an emergency, call 911.
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