Seth Bartosik group uses Halloween to raise awareness of suicide prevention

By Jackie Nevarez

Project Seth Ltd., a non-profit organization aiming to support, empower, teach and honor young adults, will raise money through a Halloween party with a costume contest Friday.

The organization, named after Seth Bartosik, 20, of Cortland, a DeKalb High School graduate who died June 26, aims to get the word out about suicide prevention to help young adults like Seth.

“We’re going to hold events to publicize warning signs of suicide and depression and we’re going to try to involve suicide survivors, such as ourselves, as a teaching process,” said Laura Bartosik, Seth’s mother. “And just do anything that can help any young adults feel empowered and recognize other young adults that may be at risk.”

The first official event for the organization, dubbed the Sethtastic Spooktacular Halloween Costume Party, will feature a costume contest where attendees may be awarded for best couple, funniest and spookiest costume. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.

Bartosik said the event will be use to bring awareness to the newly formed organization, which is using a Facebook page,, until an official website is launched. The website will provide suicide prevention resources and upcoming event information.

“It’s just positive. It’s reinforcing that they should feel nurtured and supported,” Bartosik said. “We want this to be a good environment where they just feel they’re comfortable enough that if they have any problems or issues we can either help them or direct them to who can help them better.”

Before Project Seth Ltd. was established in August, the inaugural Sethtastic Scavenger Hunt took place August 8-10. The charity event garnered $2,000 from around nine teams that participated. The money raised was split into two scholarships: one for a hockey player and the other for a culinary student — two of Seth’s favorite activities, Bartosik said.

Brett and Laura Bartosik, Seth’s parents, matched the amount of money raised and donated it to Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia.