Charlotte Tankersley is a suicide attempt survivor and a survivor of suicide loss who now uses her lived experience to educate others on mental health, LGBTQIA rights and suicide awareness and prevention across the country.

Charlotte has a B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University, is Mental Health First Aid and ASIST certified and is also a Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program trainer, a Working Minds trainer and a certified QPR Instructor. She is the Program Manager of the Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide bereavement support group at Abiding Hope Church. She is the founder of The Hope Group, LLC and Inner Light Consulting which provides suicide awareness lectures, suicide gatekeeper training to individuals and organizations, public speaking opportunities, as well as peer support for suicide attempt survivors, their families, and those who have lost a loved one to suicide through several peer support groups including Surviving, Striving, and Thriving, Group 4F – Fortifying Families and Finding Friendships, and Surviving After Suicide. She also provides peer support to parents of newly out LGBTQ+ children.

Charlotte has facilitated grief and loss support groups for over seven years, worked as a crisis counselor on The Blue Bench’s 24-hour sexual assault hotline and on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and she was a victim advocate for both the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and the Sheridan Police Department for several years.



Shirley Johnson has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years and has worked in Cardiac Intensive Care for much of her career.  Since 2009, Shirley has been the volunteer Parish Nurse here at Abiding Hope Church. In April of 2010, she completed the course requirements for Faith Community Nurse Certification.  With the intentional focus on spiritual care, the Parish Nurse promotes health as wholeness within the faith community.  She is one of the founding members and trained facilitators of the Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide bereavement support group.

Information about Olie & Stephen coming soon!


If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or is in crisis: please contact Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. You can also reach them at You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), reach the Crisis Text Line by texting HOPE to 741-741 or visit for online text chat. Hope and help are available 24/7/365, please reach out. You matter.