This 501(c)3 non profit foundation and everything we do is most importantly in honor of Liam Michael Picker who took his life on February 13th of 2015. Liam suffered from depression and mental illness which is why it is in the field of suicide awareness that we want to make a difference. Liam may no longer be here but his story goes on.
Suicide Awareness, mental health support and services for those effected.
Our overall goal is simply to do good in whatever way we can. Aside from the direct intentions of our mission statement, we're people who want to leave the world better than the way we found it. See all the ways we help (and how you can too) on our Butterfly Projects page.
Lisa Picker is founder and President of The Liam Michael Foundation. A foundation born out of love for her only son Liam, who lost his battle with mental illness and ultimately his life in 2015. The Picker family is passionate about bringing awareness to the changes needed in our mental health care system.
She is a Registered Medical Assistant with Mercy-St. Louis, serving the past 35 years in both pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, hematology and currently in adult medicine. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid.
A public speaker and published author, her article “His name was Liam “, was published in Health Progress Magazine, winning the Gold ASHPE award in 2018 for best human interest story.
She was keynote speaker in 2017 at Mercy St. Louis Suicide Awareness Conference and was invited to speak in 2016 to a group of United Nations delegates in NYC, sharing Liam’s story and her concerns about the treatment he and others receive in the mental health care system. She has twice spoken at the annual “Shine the Light” event on world suicide awareness day.
Her upcoming engagements include a September podcast interview with Health Progress Magazine, where she will share insights on Liam’s life and experiences. She will also be speaking at Mercy South’s “Colors of Hope” gala on September 28th, where she hopes to raise awareness on the treatment of the mentally ill and the importance of a warm, aesthetic environment for their successful care.
We appreciate each and every donation that comes our way. Donations made here are used to fuel whichever project we think needs it the most. If you'd like to see specific projects we're raising money for, visit our Butterfly Projects page.
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