TreasureLives Mental Health Awareness & Advocacy Project

For: TreasureLives
San Diego, CA
Organizer: Melody Nolan
of $7,600 goal
31% Complete
Raised by 31 donors

The Story

Update 2/10/18:  Greetings! My name is Melody Nolan, and I lost my brother, Jonathan Lazarus, to suicide in 2013. With a Bachelor's in criminal justice and a Master's in counseling, I began an organization, TreasureLives in 2016. TreasureLives celebrates lives saved from suicide and learns from lives lost.  My vision includes the development of a mental health awareness curriculum from grade school through college and assistance securing mental health treatment for low-income families, seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities. 

*If you are so kind as to contribute to my mission, I will personally write a unique 500 word guest post on the mental health issue of your choice for your blog, website, or newsletter! After donating below, please email [email protected]

Please visit and follow the links to our blog, resource page, and our social media channels to see what we currently have to offer. 

Please see below for an outline of how your donations will be put to use:

The most important project on which we are embarking is our experiential mental wellness curriculum. This will assist students of all ages in learning to identify and express emotions, implement boundaries, enhance communication skills, and explore a variety of "what to do if" scenarios. I have humbly come to realize that I cannot do this alone: At minimum, I need the assistance of writers, researchers, and artists. If I break down the project, I would like to budget $4,000 for this first year. 

Thanks to our growth we are need of administrative assistance for everything from tax preparation to social media management to the continuous updating and maintaining of our website. I would be thrilled with $3,000 for the next year.

Lastly, but certainly the most exciting: TreasureLives has prototypes of products for an online store! Most of our products are based on the semi-colon theme, which was founded by The Semi-Colon Project. The concept is that when a semi-colon is used, a sentence which otherwise might appear to be complete is not. Therefore, TreasureLives uses the semi-colon to serve as a reminder to “Pause, not Stop” in times of distress. We also have Semi-colon Surv;vivor line to promote surviving and thriving during and after physical and emotional trauma.
Our second concept is our unique Awesome/Hero line. These items serve to remind us that everyone is awesome and it doesn’t take much to be a hero. They are meant to inspire, uplift, and increase self-esteem among individuals and communities. There are many variations of all our items, and we would like you to be able to see them prior to purchasing them. We need to create, photograph, and display the prototypes online. $600.00 should do the trick.

The above expenses are what is needed to keep us afloat. Additional funds will be saved and/or put to use increasing the TreasureLives Team as we work to carry out our missions. The majority of us, including myself, are currently volunteers. 

A Jewish proverb says that one who saves a life saves a world. I believe that together, we can save the universe. 
#PauseNotStop #ZeroSuicides #AwesomeHero #TreasureLives

*Please note: Should you choose to donate here, please note that unlike on all other crowdfunding sites, you have the ability to adjust or eliminate the optional contribution to YouCaring by clicking on "$ to YouCaring recommended" next to the total amount of your donation displayed at the bottom of the page.   

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Thank you for your generosity of spirit!


Melody Nolan, Founder, TreasureLives

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 10, 2018

Posted on February 10, 2018

#TreasureLives has a freshly designed website with new graphics and updates on our projects! Please visit to see what we have accomplished and where we are headed. A Jewish Proverb says that one who saves a life saves the world. Together, we can save the universe 

Posted on September 28, 2017


Posted on September 28, 2017

Do you know someone with special needs or autistic characteristics? If you haven't read TreasureLives' blog "A Dynamic Duo," I think it's worth the read. NAMI (The National Alliance On Mental Illness) does! This is the largest organization of its kind in the United States. They published this their blog. We are honored.
If you haven't yet read this post, it is a heartwarming story about how a man with special needs became my friend and caregiver. Please visit Feel free to comment and share! Alternatively, you may view it on NAMI's site at Either way, enjoy!

Posted on April 30, 2017

Posted on April 30, 2017

I was having a horrible day on Friday, and the last thing I wanted to do was to drag myself to the mailbox which is approximately a block from my unit. I could not have received a better reward for my efforts. What was in that box was a major victory for TreasureLives! With the help of its supporters, Attorney Matt Davis from Legal Shield and special consideration from the Secretary of State Alex Padilla, TreasureLives has been given permission to *transition* from its current private status to that of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! What this means is that we can keep our name and the process will be quicker and less costly than if we had taken the existing steps currently outlined by the government. This also gives me hope that there are still representatives remaining in office who take the time to listen to and accommodate their constituents. Thank you all for cheering us on and for your continued support! ~ Melody

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