Lisa Schenke was a longtime systems analyst turned personal fitness trainer, but with her son Tim’s suicide in 2008, she took on another line of work. She became passionate about getting out the message to celebrate and embrace life to struggling teens and young adults, and assisting others through the grieving process after a loss of a child or a significant loved one. Lisa began by reaching out to her own community, and then realized she had a larger voice.
Lisa is an entrepreneur at heart who works for herself and loves to organize and promote uplifting activities. In the summer of 2012 she implemented You’re Designed to Shine, a program to inspire young women to identify their dreams, have faith, and develop the tools to achieve their goals. Lisa was very active in fundraising and promoting the first annual Jersey Shore American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk in 2011, where she spoke as a suicide survivor. This walk was awarded the Most Outstanding First Year Walk by the AFSP at the national level. Lisa was involved in the Hold On suicide prevention fundraising efforts in 2009 and 2010 to benefit 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline, a statewide New Jersey program. She spoke at a University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey suicide postvention training program, a course to teach counselors how to deal with family members in the immediate aftermath of a suicide, in 2012. She’s been featured everywhere from the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s leading newspaper, to MSNBC.com, to the American Association of Suicidology newsletter.
A New Jersey native, Lisa currently resides in Point Pleasant, about two miles from the ocean, with her husband and two younger sons. Readers can contact her via the web at www.withouttim.com.
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Without Tim: A Son's Fall to Suicide, A Mother's Rise from Grief
After Lisa Schenke lost her eighteen-year-old son, Tim, to suicide, the tragedies in her community continued.
Without Tim was written with the mission to help other families, to provide encouragement and inspiration to parents and all individuals who are grieving as a result of suicide, as well as to support teens and young adults who are struggling with their own sense of self-worth.
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