The Tenth Man is chairing the 2023 AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk for St. Clair County!
Come join us at The AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk to celebrate and remember our loved ones we’ve lost to Suicide. The Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope and support.
Registration starts at 8:30am, Bugles Across America play TAPS, Dove release, Bagpiper performs along with food and music.
Walk Main Street in solidarity with friends and family, there is a one or two mile loop. There will also be booths filled with information on Suicide prevention and other mental health support services.
Friday, January 12, 2024
Tribout’s Belle Vegas Bingo Hall
517 South Illinois Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Pickle Ball Tournament
Saturday, February 3, 2024
12320Old Tesson Road
St Louis, MO 63128
6:00 – 10:00pm
Join us in spreading awareness for suicide prevention.
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Spaces 207 E. Main Street Belleville, IL
The Tenth Man Sponsorship Levels
Secretariat – $1500
Citation – $1000
Justify – $250
Tickets: Single $25 Couple $40
To purchase tickets, please RSVP by visiting our online invitation here. Then please make your contribution by clicking the button below. We will contact you to secure your sponsorship levels or ticket numbers once we receive your donation.
As a prosecuting attorney, one role that Jon relished in the most was being “The Tenth Man“. The basic definition is “devils advocate”.
As an Assistant State’s Attorney for nearly 20 years, Jon and his colleagues worked very closely with law-enforcement when investigating crimes. Most people don’t realize the trauma experienced in the broader criminal justice profession. When there’s group consensus that the path or direction is absolutely the most logical or only direction to go, the job of The Tenth Man is to challenge that and disagree. Jon was an intelligent man. He was very well educated and well read. He thought about things both logically and creatively.
Depression In The Criminal Justice Profession is Relevant
Even days or weeks leading up to that fateful day, the face of depression is often not obvious.
The Day We Didn’t See Coming
On September 12, 2018, at 12:15 PM my brother Jon Allard Jr walked through my front door just as the St. Louis Cardinals were throwing the first pitch of an afternoon game. I didn’t realize that this would be the last time. He got up to go give our mom a hug before he said “well, I’m going to go get some fresh air before I head back to the salt mine.” Instead, he apparently went out to his car where he grabbed a 9 mm pistol and took his own life.
In retrospect, he did seem a bit sad and I know he was going through some normal life challenges; however, even his closest friends and family did not know that he suffered so deeply from depression. He was a good and kind man whom everyone loved, and he was always helping others even throughout his own struggle. Shortly before he took his own life, he sent a text to a dear friend asking that word be spread about the signs of depression. So that will certainly be part of the mission of TheTenthMan.org.
When people are suffering from depression or PTSD, life’s challenges often seem overwhelming to the point of physically feeling like one is suffocating.
We offer help with:
- Student Loans
- Job Related Stress
The Tenth Man will offer resources to help with those every day life challenges that seem insurmountable at the moment.
We will provide confidential and free:
- Financial Planning
- Legal advice
Experience & Expertise
The Tenth Man resource pool will have experience and expertise, as well as a genuine concern and understanding of the relational impact depression has on these life challenges.
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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