Indianapolis Indians Support Suicide Prevention Awareness

Jersey Auction on Sept. 4 to Benefit Community Health Network Foundation

Suicide Prevention Night_MW

September 4, 2015 is Suicide Prevention Awareness Night at Victory Field and fans everywhere can support the Tribe and the Indianapolis-based Community Health Network Foundation by participating in the online jersey auction that will take place during the game between the Indianapolis Indians and Toledo Mud Hens at 7:15 p.m.

Leading up to National Suicide Prevention Week September 7-13, 2015, the Tribe and the Community Health Network Foundation hope to draw awareness to the fact that suicide is among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, and every day approximately 105 Americans die by suicide; one every 13 minutes. In Indiana 19 percent of high school students reported they have seriously considered suicide and 11 percent said they actually attempted suicide.

The purple and turquoise jerseys Indians players will don are the colors associated with suicide prevention awareness. Proceeds will go to the Community Health Network Foundation.

“The funds raised by the Indianapolis Indians’ fans will help all of our state’s at-risk youth, regardless of where they live or what circumstances they endure,” Community Health Network Foundation’s President and CEO Joyce Irwin said. “We are grateful for this partnership and funding, which will address a critical Indiana healthcare issue and revolutionize our approach to helping children and young adults contemplating suicide.”

Indians Roster_Suicide Prevention Night

The auction is powered by Qtego. It isn’t required fans be at Victory Field to bid; all they need is a mobile phone. Qtego notifies you via text message throughout the online auction so you won’t miss an opportunity to bid, re-bid or outbid others. Bids will be accepted through the 7th inning. Fans at the game are invited to visit any of the bright orange Qtego displays around the ballpark for assistance.

1. Text “HEALTH” to 79230, or
2. Call-in your bid(s) by dialing (877) 891-4752, or
3. Register online at

Use the chart below to determine the item number for your desired player. (Hint: Add 100 to the jersey number of the player to get the item number.)
Text the item number AND your bid amount to 79230
(Example: To bid $75 for the Rowdie jersey, Text “100 75″ to 79230)

Text the item number AND max bid amount AND the letter “M” to 79230.
(Example: For a $500 max bid on Rowdie’s Jersey, text “100 500 m” to 79230)

Text the item number to 79230 or watch the current bidding on all jerseys here:


Immediately following the game, the sky directly above Victory Field will explode with color as the Indians launch their traditional Friday Fireworks show.



  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages. (CDC)
  • Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
  • There is one death by suicide in the United States every 13 minutes. (CDC)
  • Depression affects 20-25 percent of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)
  • Suicide takes the lives of over 38,000 Americans every year. (CDC)
  • Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)
  • 80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TAPS study)
  • An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors. (AAS)
  • There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)
  • There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC)

(Sources: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (S.A.V.E.), Center for Disease Control – CDC, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – TAPS, American Association of Suicidology – AAS, and National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI.)

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes.  As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services.  To learn more, visit or call 800-777-7775.

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