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Jacob Wheeler Foundation

P.O. Box 3883

Butte, Montana 59702-3883


bill@jacobwheelerfoundation.com


About Jacob wheeler

Jacob was born February, 20, 1998 in Butte, Montana to Bill and Lisa Wheeler.  Jacob had many interests.  He was an excellent student and an accomplished swimmer and soccer player.  As a freshman on the Butte High Bulldogs swim team, Jacob received All-State honors in the 100 backstroke and two relay events.  He was a letter winner on Butte High's 2013 State qualifying soccer team.  He was named Academic All-State for both sports in the 2013-2014 school year.  Jacob enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dad and grandpa, as well as camping and family vacations, video games, knitting, and playing cards.  Jacob was always there to help with the chores around the house.  Jacob began working for the family business, El Taco, in July of 2013 and received his drivers license the following November.  Jacob's best friend was his older sister, Abigail.  To those who knew him, Jacob was considerate and kind, affectionate and funny, soft-spoken yet of high moral character.  His willingness to put the needs of others first will be remembered always.  And of course, we'll always remember the enormous "Jacob Hugs" he shared. Jacob died on January 1, 2014, a victim of suicide.

IMpact on survivors

Studies show that for every completed suicide, there are 6 direct survivors.  Each year, there are more than 220 suicides in Montana.  This translates to more than 1,300 survivors every year. Survivors are also at risk as they are three times more likely to complete suicide themselves.

IN Butte-silver bow

  • From 1994 through 2013, Butte-Silver Bow had 189 suicides, for an average of 9 per year, placing Butte No. 5 in the state for suicide rate
  • In 2012 and 2013, Butte-Silver Bow had 30 suicides, for an average of 15 per year, placing Butte No. 2 in the state for suicide rate among Montana counties seeing at least 10 suicides

in montana

  • The rate of suicide is nearly double the national average
  • Suicide is the No. 2 cause of death for people ages 10 to 34
  • Nearly 7% of all high school students and more than 10% of all middle school students have attempted suicide in the past year
  • ​Firearms are the most common means (64%) of completing suicide compared to 50% nationally

Founded in memory of Jacob Wheeler

The Jacob Wheeler Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  

Jacob Wheeler Foundation
  • June 2014 - Organized as 501(c)3
  • September 2014 - Contributed to Butte Gun Lock Campaign
  • May 2015 - Provided $2,500 in scholarships to Butte youth graduating from high school
  • Sept 2015 - Ride to Hope and Remember - 135 mile ride on World Suicide Awareness Day to raise awareness for depression and remember those lost to suicide
  • January 1st, 2016 - Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the Original Mine in Butte
  • May 2016 - Provided $4,500 in scholarships to Butte youth graduating from high school
  • September 2016 - Ride to Hope and Remember - 135 mile ride on World Suicide Awareness Day.
  • January 2017 - Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the Original Mine
  • January 2017 - Sponsor Survivor of Suicide Loss Grief Suppor Group that meets monthly in Butte
  • March 2017 - Sponsored the TASC (Teens Advocating a Safe Community) St. Patrick's Day youth activities in Butte
  • May 2017 - Provided $3,000 in scholarships for Butte youth graduating from high school