Remembering Kat
September is National Suicide Prevention month. Today Gr8ter honors the life of Katherine (Kat) Gerhard.

Gr8ter Remembers Katherine (Kat) Gerhard 

So many of us have grieved someone who was taken from this world too soon. Today Gr8ter honors the life of Katherine (Kat) Gerhard. Below is a message from one of her friends who served with her and wishes for just one more day with her. The lives of Kat’s friends and family are forever changed by suicide.

“Katherine Gerhard (Kat) was a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force. She was born on October 19, 1981 and died on April 20, 2020. Kat was an amazing military member, friend, wife, mother, daughter who I personally was stationed with for over 7 years. Always missed and loved!”

Top of Tamarack

On September 30th, Kat will be one of our many honorees at Top of Tamarack, Gr8ter’s mental health awareness and suicide prevention event. Our honorees come from all walks of life. Different paths, different experiences, different interests. And while they all may have lost their lives to suicide, it’s the powerful impact they had that unites them. Their lives had value. Their legacies are important. They had laughs that were contagious and smiles that lit up rooms. They were someone’s friend. They were someone’s family member. They were loved. We pick up the torch they left behind to ensure their powerful flames never go dark. Sharing memories of who they were and why they were so adored allows their light to shine on.

Join us on September 30th 2023 as we honor Kat and many more who were lost too soon at Top of Tamarack!

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Help is 3 Digits Away

Your struggles are valid. There are people available to listen and offer support any time of day, any day of the week. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or self-harm, or struggling with mental health in any way, help is now just three digits away. You can call or text 988 for immediate mental health help. Please know that while the crisis line can be lifesaving for people thinking of suicide or self-harm, you don’t need to be at risk to use it. If you are struggling in any way with your mental health, reach out. Help is available.

We are here for you.

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