Growing up in Jackson, Josh Frappart and Brock Carr suffered the loss of a childhood friend who died by suicide. They were also longtime friends of Nick Bochicchio, who owned Creekside Market and Deli and died by suicide in June.
Carr was determined to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again, so he worked with Frappart, the Jackson organizer for Guys Who Give, to raise funds.
There are about a dozen Guys Who Give chapters across the country, and they all function the same way: Men gather four times a year — in Jackson, it’s typically at Hole Bowl — and offer a $100 donation for whichever organization is picked from a hat.
Recently, Frappart said the local guys have focused on mental health services. They gave thousands to the St. John’s Health Foundation last quarter, and a similar sum to the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center the quarter before that.
On Friday, Carr and Frappart presented a $9,450 check to the Teton County Health Department for its suicide prevention program — the guys’ largest donation yet.
Beverly Shore, community prevention specialist for the department, broke down into tears when Frappart handed her the funds and said the financial support will help them continue to meet residents’ mental health needs.
“It wouldn’t have mattered what amount,” Shore said of the check. “Just to be able to do anything to help and keep our community safe, and let all those that are suffering know that suicide isn’t their only solution, and they’re not alone.”
This year’s federal grant funds for local suicide prevention have already been exhausted responding to the dual crises of COVID-19 and housing insecurity. New funding won’t come until the summer of 2022.
“A lot of people are losing hope right now, you know, and we need to give them any little bit of opportunity to help themselves out,” Carr said.
Resources for those who are struggling include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK; the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center, 733-2046; and the St. John’s Health Mental Health Resource Line, 203-7880.
On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the guys will reconvene to hear more about Shore’s lifesaving work and choose their next organization.