Our Mission

Mental illness does not care if you were a college athlete or homecoming king. For Sean Locke, depression did not read his resume or care how much hope or potential he had in his life. Sean was a part of everyone’s team. Whether it was picking his little sister up from school or spending countless hours on the court, his light and love made him everyone’s first round draft pick. Despite his shining personality, he was not able to see out of the darkness. Sean lost his battle to depression on July 18, 2018. Just a few weeks before his 24th birthday.

We know that in order to fight darkness, we need a team of light. A team full of family, friends, and mental health specialists with a common goal to support those who are currently fighting their own darkness.

Sean’s life and death has touched many people. Sean was always willing to help others, he was always willing to be a friend to anyone. Sean was a kind, caring and loving person. In his spirit, the Locke family has begun the SL24: UnLocke the Light Foundation.

The UNLOCKE THE LIGHT movement has three objectives:

    1. Educate high school and college students to the signs of depression, remove the stigma of depression, and make available resources to help people with depression and the real threat of suicide.
    2. Assist high school and college students with the transitions of life, helping them gain the tools to live life with mental illness and finding the tools to cope with the many challenges that life brings. 
    3. Create a safe haven where high school and college students receive professional help and speak to peers about their struggles with depression and the threat of suicide.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the death rate for cancer has declined since 2000, death rate from heart disease is flat, but death by suicide has risen. Over 45,000 people died by suicide this past year in the U.S. There was over 1.2 million suicide attempts in 2020 and over 35 million people suffer from depression.