Children in foster care face a number of mental health challenges that others do not. A history of trauma, ever-changing living situations and inadequate access to mental health services are just a few of the factors that put them at greater risk of developing mental illness.


As a result, they're also more likely to have considered suicide. In one study, children in foster care were almost three times more likely to have considered suicide and almost four times more likely to have attempted suicide than children who have never been in foster care.


The Live Initiative began with a song and a passion for speaking to the hurting and hopeless who may be contemplating ending their life. The song speaks to the lies one tells themselves to justify such an act, and the truth that is this – It will get better and that there is hope…but you have to choose to live to see any of it.

For more information about The Live Initiative, contact us.

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The Video

Produced in October 2021 by our friends at Life Today, the “Live” music video tells a compelling story of how life has a way of working out for the good. One just has to live to see it through.

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The Song

Written by Michael Anthony Curtis and Doug Stokes. The two have collaborated over the years on promotions projects, songwriting and music productions. The single is out on Thrasher Sound Records and spent multiple weeks at the top of the positive country charts.

The Challenge Coin

Our exclusive, made in the USA challenge coin was designed with the idea of being a keepsake that becomes a touchpoint that the bearer can collect, carry, and even share. The ambigram says “LIVE” no matter how you flip it. The color purple represents the veteran. The teal blue ring represents the suicide prevention community and the work we do in all populations.

How to get the coin:

  • Ask a Live Initiative representative about it. We usually carry them with us to every event. They are free or for a gift of any amount. Keep it or give it to someone who needs hope. These coins save lives! They encourage. 

  • Coin design by C. Forbes, Inc. Promotional considerations by Plain-Spoken Grace.

  • Contact us if you’d like to order in bulk.


The Live Initiative has been featured on the following:

  • Life Today TV

  • Plain-Spoken Grace Podcast

  • Live From Studio 6B