Snow Hill, Md. – Kim Klump, a local leader and advocate for suicide prevention, was recognized for her distinctive volunteer efforts and contributions to the community at the annual Maryland Rural Health Association Conference in Solomons Island last week.
The tragic suicide death of her son Jesse Klump inspired Kim to found the nonprofit organization – The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc. whose mission is to prevent suicide, particularly among the youth, in Worcester County.
Kim works diligently to raise funds that support outreach and education about suicide prevention. She co-leads a local Survivors of Suicide Support Group. The support group has met monthly in Berlin for more than a year. Kim was instrumental in planning the first Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Ocean City on September 29.
“Kim suffered the greatest loss a parent could endure when her son committed suicide, yet she found the inner strength to devote her efforts to preventing suicide and supporting those who grieve,” said Health Officer Debbie Goeller. “Her advocacy, education and outreach efforts for suicide prevention are unprecedented.”
The Rural Health Awards evolved from the Rural Impact Awards that recognized individuals and organizations in rural communities for outstanding rural development and health efforts.
The Maryland Rural Health Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the optimal health of rural communities and their residents.