About Us

Who We Are...

The Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Networks a grassroots organization that has been serving communities since 1989.  The founder and Executive Director, Barb Smith, used her personal experience of losing her 20-year old brother, John, to suicide to build the organizations hoping to find purpose for her pain.  The Network is focused on suicide prevention and aftercare for those who have been impacted by suicide.  Our team of expert, certified trainers deliver evidence-based prevention trainings to people where they live, work, play and learn with the hope of de-stigmatizing suicide and increasing help-seeking behaviors. 

"The day I lost my son VJ, life as I knew it changed forever. No hope, peace nor strength. The Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network and the Walk for Hope has given me the strength to live, peace to survive and hope for the future."

Heidi

"Last year's Walk for Hope was so inspiring for me. To be able to speak openly about mental illness and see people find connection and hope in each other--that was a beautiful thing to watch. There was a lot of love being shared that day."

Will Heininger
Former U of M Football player/National Speaker

"Our community is greatly enriched to have Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network here. As funeral directors, we have seen survivors make it through the first terrible days thanks to the caring and wise council of Barb Smith and the team. Beyond the immediate days following suicide, The Suicide Resource and Response Network continues to help family survivors cope with their loss. The Network has addintionally been a great resource to all of us in helping us serve families of suicide loss." 

Mary Lou Case
Case Funeral Home

"After many years of losing my father it was easier to sleep than to find a way to live without him...Barb Smith simply sat and talked about my dads life in a way i hadn't been able to in years. She helped me find a way out of my dark hole...Barb gave me permission to live in his honor and to focus on who he was in his life and not let his death define me or him."

 

Beth