Find Your Anchor Is Creating Boxes For Those At-Risk Of Suicide

Published on July 21, 2019

There’s a delivery box for everything these days. The popular business model helps companies get their products to new consumers by partnering together to deliver samples (or full-sized items) of their products. Boxes filled with samples of beauty products, dog and cat treats, or even products needed to perform spells of witchcraft (for which there are dozens, in case you were worried about finding the right bundle of sage) are flooding the internet, social media, and our mailboxes. One that does stand out, for good, is the box that a company called Find Your Anchor is creating to help those at-risk of committing suicide.

What’s In Find Your Anchor Boxes?

The boxes were created as a way of connecting people that are considering committing suicide to the resources and reassurance that they need to be able to be reminded that they are not alone. Things like a deck of cards that each contain a reason to live, resources for the suicide prevention hotline among other numbers and websites, cards and papers that show messages and quotes that some may find inspiring, and a letter to the person that received the box are among some of the things that receivers or finders will find in the box.

But how will those at-risk of committing suicide know to buy the box? The answer is a bit different than you would expect. The function of the Find Your Anchor business model is not, necessarily, to make money. Boxes are created and placed in random places. Often, these places are where people can find them and either keep them or give them to a loved one. Places like casinos, parks, streets with a high homeless population, and even the U.S.-Mexico border are popular places that the boxes are placed.

Boxes are free to those who need them or to those who want to send them to someone. Upon visiting the Find Your Anchor website, users can request a box for themselves if they would like. They can also have a box sent to someone or placed somewhere they feel it should be found.

Suicide Rates Are The Highest In A Long Time

As of June of this year, suicide rates in the United States are at an all time high since World War II, according to CNN. In 2017, as many as 47,173 people committed suicide. This makes suicide the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. While there were 47,173 suicides in 2017. That number only makes up a fraction of the total 1.4 million suicide attempts that took place that year. The American Psychological Association has reported a worrying upward trend in suicide in the United States, even as suicide rates were dropping in other developed nations.

Find Your Anchor hopes to change that. The company is a nonprofit. Donations go toward creating the boxes that are free to those who need or request them. You can donate to Find Your Anchor here, or you can request or suggest a placement of a box for someone in need.

Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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