Step Up. Stop Suicide. 

The Project

See photos and news coverage of our first two events by clicking here!

Mercy College is collaborating with the Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition, NAMI of Greater Toledo,  and Lourdes University to create two events, open to the community, for suicide prevention. The project plans to be  a path for healing and education through the use of shoes and stories in honor of those lost to suicide, and those that have survived and are thriving.

Guests to the event will be able to learn about suicide prevention, community and national resources, as well as read the stories of those lost to suicide and stories of hope and recovery. Speakers on the topic of suicide will be presenting a various times during the events.

The shoes will form a road that eventually leads to information on  local and national organizations that provide mental health and crisis services.

Get Involved

  • From now until April, we will be collecting a shoe from anybody in memory of someone who completed suicide, or from a survivor of suicide.  The shoe may be plain or decorated.  Be as creative as you want, but it will need to withstand various weather conditions.

  • Utilizing the links above (right hand column), please download informaiton on how and where to donate shoes and your story.

  • Your donation will become a part of a permanent display for Northwest Ohio and will remain with the project.

Project Contact

  • For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Beverly Bahret, LCSPC Co-Chair, Mercy College, at 419-251-8561 or by clicking here to email her.


Savers is donating shoes to the project.  Savers accepts donations of gently used clothing and household items.  In Toledo, Savers partners with the Easter Seals of Northern Ohio, paying them for every donation they receive to help them in their cause.  Donations for Easter Seals of Northern Ohio can also be made directly to our store located at 3550 Executive Parkway, Toledo, Ohio 43606.


This project was developed, in part, under a grant number U79 SM060506 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policeis and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HSS.