At PM, we sometimes get asked to give our two cents or provide coaching during various initiatives. In November, I attended a hackathon by ‘vzw Tout bien – Okidoki?’ organized to come up with new and innovative ideas to prevent youth suicide. Although my role was minimal, I was touched by the event and the stories of those participating, which is why I wanted to write a few paragraphs about the initiative.
You see, as we go through our daily lives we often forget that Belgium is in the top 10 when it comes to suicide deaths and attempts. It’s the number one cause of death in our country for both youngsters and adults. In 2014, 3 people took their own life each day. We can’t ignore those numbers. The organizers of the hackathon were confronted with suicide themselves when their son unexpectedly took his own life in 2015. It’s admirable how they found the energy to transform these negative thoughts and feelings into a social project that supports people like their son and their friends, families and loved ones. This hackathon was one of their many initiatives.