Providing Education, Resources, Support and Hope

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Meet Our Founder

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Founded in 2017 by Melissa Owen, Beacon for Hope serves as tribute to the memory of her sister lost to suicide in 2006.  

An Emporia native, Melissa prides herself in being part of a close community that supports one another in times of victories as well as challenges. 

Melissa resides in Emporia with her two teenage children.  Her support system of family and friends is of utmost importance to her.  You will often see her out in the community enjoying the company of local community members sharing ideas of how to strengthen the community.  

Beacon for Hope's lighthouse logo stands as a symbol of light and hope for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, who have struggled, and those who are struggling. 


Contact us to learn more and learn how you can help save lives in our community.

Beacon for Hope is a Suicide Prevention 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to linking our community together through education, resources, support, and hope for those who have been affected by suicide. 

Learn more

Suicide Prevention Information


Warning Signs

Risk Factors

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Protective Factors

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"Hope Anchors the Soul"

Photo by Jeff Gerrans



Beacon for Hope

P.O. Box 1601
Emporia, KS 66801


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Providing Hope

Educational Trainings, Resources, & Community Events

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Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide Prevention training is available to businesses, organizations, and community members.  Please contact us to learn more about how you can save lives in our community.



 Life-saving educational materials including: pamphlets, brochures, booklets, and wallet cards are available per request.  Please contact us to learn about valuable resources available. 

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Mark your calendars for a diverse selection of community events offered throughout the year.  Events include: Suicide Prevention Walk, Masquerade Ball, Candlelight Vigil, and Art Inspired by Hope.  Each event offers an opportunity to connect with community members who share your journey of healing and hope.