Lives are lost each year to youth suicide.
Leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24.
Every 2 hours, a youth commits suicide.
of students reported seriously considering suicide.
Founding Kimonos for Kai
In October of 2014, Kai Wallace Wright passed away at the age of 12. Kai was a vibrant, kind, funny, and compassionate kid. His passing was tragic and affected not only his family but also his community – from the church to his school, to his jiu-jitsu family.
In the aftermath of his death, his father James wanted to create a foundation and legacy for his son to get the word out and hopefully save one family from going through the horror and pain that his family experienced at the loss of their son. They decided on Kimonos for Kai.
The focus of Kimonos for Kai are the simple phrases, “You are not replaceable,” and “There is always someone to talk to.” (#youarenotreplaceable, #thereisalwayssomeonetotalkto). The goal is to get the word out to young kids and teens that there is always someone they can talk to who will help them out with whatever problems they might be facing. If they don’t feel comfortable talking to their parents about the problem they are facing, there is always their sensei, a coach, teacher, or other adults. Taking your life is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. You are not replaceable.
Start the Conversation
Kimonos for Kai wants to get the word out that taking your life devastates those around you: your family, friends, and community. We as adults can help you find a solution to your problems, whether it is bullying, abuse from a family member or outsider, or whether you are just down and depressed — just talk to someone. At the end of the day, we want each child to know that (s) he is unique, special to someone, and irreplaceable. To assist in this goal we have created an outline of talking points for parents, coaches, teachers and other organizations to help us to start this important conversation.
- Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
- You Are Not Replaceable.
- There is always someone to talk to.
- Let someone help you.
- If you are a friend of someone going through a rough time, it is not a betrayal to your friend if you find an adult who can help out with the situation.
- Never Give Up.
Thank you for your time and attention, and let’s help each other during times of crisis. OSS!