About Team Jake

Our Mission

On January 2, 2019- our entire world was flipped upside down. Our brother, Jacob, died by suicide. The pain of losing a loved one, period, is unbearable, but losing a loved one, brother, child to suicide is an unimaginable force of hurt.

We created We Are Team Jake to spread awareness about mental health, suicide and drug dependency. Now, we fight every single day to spread love and light on these issues that so many of the world has to face every single day.

To raise awareness, We Are Team Jake uses donations to participate in taking a stand against mental health stigma and suicide.

We promote openness, transparency and filter-less perspectives on issues regarding mental health to break the stigma that still stands.

Don’t wait, get help today.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Text Line : Text “HOME” to 741741

A note from Roger and Tracy, Jake’s parents:

We had two fears in life, one- was to have a child missing & two- was for one to pass away before us. Suicide has forever altered our family’s life. We can move forward or fall, and we refuse to fall. We invite you all to dive into Team Jake.

The discussion of suicide should be relevant in society. We want to encourage anyone with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, mental illness, etc, to reach out; reach out to loved ones, counselors, friends, etc.

Mothers and fathers, we encourage you to “seize the awkward” and have the conversation. Talk about mental health in your household and make it a priority.

We knew some of Jake’s struggles but not all of them. We will always have questions but all we can do is hold on to one another and make everyone aware of this impending epidemic.

Life for us is moment by moment, but we will endure with God and those that share similar experiences. Our souls burn with a passion to remember Jake by spreading hope and light, just as he did on Earth.

“Adieu, Adieu, Adieu. Remember Me.

About Jake

It’s hard to put into words who Jake is and was because he was so many things to so many people.

Jake lived in Denver, Colorado, and just at 22-years-old, he had accomplished more in life by living around the country than most people do in a lifetime.

Jake and his dog General Neyland.

He was a huge University of Tennessee Volunteer fan; there wasn’t a stat or game that went unnoticed by him.

Jake was a jack of all trades and his intelligence knew no bounds. He could light up a room. His soul presented itself before his words ever could.

He sought equality for all and wanted to make a difference in the world. Jake did not see color, he did not see race, he did not see disability, he did not see status, he only saw the soul of a person. Jake wanted to use his intelligence and and love for people to speak for those with no voice.

An extremely talented writer, Jake often journaled about his thoughts and life. We now are able to read into his mind and know his feelings; what he fought through every single day.

Jake is and was the glue that holds our family together.

Jake has two sisters, Amanda and Amber.