At the age of 6, Matthew Mattera lost his father to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In 2015, he and his wife Erica lost their oldest daughter Elizabeth to suicide the same way. Between those two deaths, Matthew lost a cousin and two uncles to suicide and a brother to self-harm.
Exactly one year after the passing of Elizabeth, Matthew and Erica embarked on a tireless quest focused on turning their heartbreaking tragedy into a testimony of hope and healing for others. Then in 2020, during the global pandemic, they established The Elizabeth Mattera Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to not merely raising awareness but identifying root causes, discovering real solutions, and developing proactive prevention measures to end the suicide epidemic.
By drawing upon the Mattera family's harrowing experiences of the events leading up to Elizabeth's tragic passing, and their anguishing journey of grief, loss, and healing, The Elizabeth Mattera Foundation is uniquely positioned and equipped to accomplish its mission.
The organization's game-changing approach is enhanced by over two decades of Matthew's military experience in time-tested information operations, strategic communications, and planning methodologies and complimented by a keen understanding of informational power as the primary influencer on our values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, and as a critically essential component in winning the war against the suicide epidemic, which has ravaged our culture for far too long.
The stakes have never been higher! Our society is drowning in a flood of toxic information, pumped through a non-stop firehose of technology, with devastating and deadly consequences. Together, with our allies and partners, The Elizabeth Mattera Foundation is a revolutionary, right-now voice of leadership, experience, and empathy to conversations surrounding topics like grief, loss, trauma, PTSD, information and influence, and suicide prevention.
Elizabeth was a kindhearted girl who genuinely cared for those around her and whose warm smile and robust sense of humor would light up the room. Her passions were art, reading, or simply spending time with her family – she especially loved to play video games with her little sister and watch movies with her mom and dad.
“We watched our little girl disappear before our eyes; her lighthearted innocence and bright demeanor was slowly overtaken by darkness and despair through dangerous themes and messages; negative information which exploited vulnerabilities, leading to a devastatingly irreversible outcome."
Matthew & Erica Mattera