Wykisha Mckinney

WyKisha McKinney’s fight against suicide began with the loss of her brother Johnny Madison, who died by suicide in 2004. Overwhelmed by grief after the death of her brother, WyKisha slipped into major depression, which almost ended with her own suicide attempt. With the support of her husband and son, and the help of local counseling centers, she was able to get the help she needed to cope with her loss and manage her depression. As she journeyed through her healing process, she found solace in helping others. WyKisha can often be found sharing her story with different groups in the community, flying across the country to talk with legislators in our nation’s capital, training crisis hotline volunteers, or fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and recently launched a business called The TwenTea Company, a tea company that gives 20% of its profits toward her mission to stop suicide. When asked about her commitment to saving lives, WyKisha states, “Having experienced that kind of pain myself, I can’t be at peace knowing that others are hurting like that. More and more people are silently struggling with depression and other mental illnesses and more families are losing their loved ones to suicide. Until they are strong enough to speak for themselves, I will do it for them.”