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Sam Eaton

Founder and Lead Communicator of Recklessly Alive

Sam has shared his story of attempting suicide in front of more than 100,000 people at events all over the country. He is a powerful voice for his generation as an innovative leader and sought-after communicator. Sam has a master’s degree in educational leadership and has taught in the public schools for over ten years.

His book, Recklessly Alive: What My Suicide Attempt Taught Me About God and Living Life to the Fullest is an Amazon #1 best-seller on suicide.

In 2016, after losing five people to suicide in his hometown, he founded Recklessly Alive, an organization sprinting toward a world with zero deaths from suicide. His blog has been viewed over 1.5 millions times and posts daily affirmations to his over 10,000 social media followers.


Recklessly Alive receives hundreds of messages each year from those struggling with suicide who have decided to stay based on Sam's work.


Sam currently resides in Minneapolis, MN and is on a lifelong quest to love God, love people, expand his vinyl record collection, and try every flavor of Oreos.


Katie Shatusky

Suicide Prevention Non-Profit Founder & Leader

Thumbs Up 5k & 10k - Elk River, MN

Sam's speech was completely captivating and inspiring. So many lives were touched at our community event of over 600 people. We are so grateful that we were able to have him speak at our event!


Beth Saadati

High School English Teacher,

Bridgeway Academy - Greenville, SC.

With a rare blend of power, compassion, and humor, Sam Eaton eloquently speaks the truth and offers encouragement to people of all ages. His captivating message offers real help and hope. Be prepared to be touched at the core, moved by Sam's words, and motivated to start a life that's recklessly alive.


Katherine Klee

Student Mental Health Advocate

University of the Incarnate Word - San Antonio, TX

The presentation was phenomenal and every attendee I encountered wanted to see, hear, and learn more from Mr. Eaton. He taught that saving a life is within our reach and equipped everyone on how we can make lasting impacts on our campus.

Speaking Calendar


1/15/20 - "The Event" Featured Speaker - Zoom Event

1/17/10 - MENtal Health Podcast Interview

1/29/20 - Tough Conversations Series Featured Speaker - University of Northern Iowa - Zoom Event


3/12/20 - "Choose to Live" - Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church - Plymouth, MN

6/24/20 - "Your Scars are Your Superpower" Liberty Church - Fairfield, CA

10/18/20 - Choose to Stay - Zoom Suicide Prevention Event

12/15/20 - "The Bright Side" Featured Guest Speaker


Sam is taking a sabbatical from June-December 2019 to rest and recharge.

2/18/2019 – Western Illinois University – Macomb, IL 
2/27/2019 – Willmar High School – Just One Event – Willmar, MN
3/7/2019 – Wayzata High School – Stand Against Stigma School Event*
4/1/2019 – Crown College – St. Bonifacious, MN – 7pm
4/10/2019 – Just One Event – Elk River, MN
6/8/2019 – Evident Faith Conference – Key Note Speaker, Bedminster NJ

*Closed to the public.



2/11/18 – Southwest Metro FCA: Super Huddle – Crown College – St. Bonifacius, MN
2/14/18 – Ash Wednesday Message – Messiah United Methodist Church, Plymouth, MN
2/24/18 – COMPASS Educator’s Retreat – Grace Church, Eden Prairie, MN
3/8/18 – Cornerstone Young Adults Group – Grace Church, Eden Prairie, MN
3/14/18 – Just One Event – Spectrum High School – Elk River, MN
3/30/18 – Bridgeway Christian Academy – Greenville, SC – (Closed to the Public)
4/2/18 – TV Appearance on Night Line – WGGS TV Channel 16
4/6/18 – Just One Event – Kingdom Life Church – Greenville, SC 6-8pm
4/10/18 – Guys Like Us Podcast Interview
5/4/18 – Armstrong High School, Plymouth, MN (Closed to the Public)

9/9/18 – Just One – Buffalo Lake-Hector Secondary, MN – 6:30-8pm.
10/3/18 – Just One – Rochester Civic Center – Rochester, MN – 6:30pm

10/7/18 – Colonial Hills United Methodist Church,- 5:30pm – 5247 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX
10/8/18 – Toyota Group Corporate Event (closed to the public) – 10:30am
10/8/18 – University of the Incarnate Word – 7pm – Student Engagement Ballroom

10/24/18 – Roseville Covenant Church – Roseville, MN 6:30-8pm



1/5/17 – Chose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win – Tree House Teen Center – New Hope, MN
1/14/17 –  Come Alive Tour – Maple Grove, MN
2/20/17 – Interview – Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show, Los Angelos, CA
3/15/17 – Lenten Message – Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park MN
3/27/17 – Podcast Panel on Millennials – Dallas Theological Seminary – Dallas, TX
4/22/17 – Millennials in the Church – The Forum Podcast – LifeFM – New Zealand
5/13/17 – Millennials in the Church – Moravia Project Podcast Interview
6/19/17- Freedom in Christ – Anguished Hearts Facebook Live Event – Minneapolis, MN
7/3/17, – Millennials in the Church – iWork4Him Podcast Interview – Indiana Rocks Beach, FL

8/14/17 –  Teens, Depression & Suicide: What to Look for & What We Can Do to Save Lives – Stryker, Ohio
8/18/17 – Youth Group Event – Queens Herald Church, Queens, NY – (closed to the public).
8/19/17 –  Choose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win – 6pm – Throop Civic Center – 500 Sanderson St, Throop, PA 18512
8/20/17 – Choose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win 10:30am and 6:30pm – Rescue and Restore Church - Olyphant, Pennsylvania, PA 18447
8/22/17 – Choose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win – 7pm – Nokomis, IL –First Baptist Church Of Nokomis
8/23/17 – Choose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win -7pm – Hillsboro, IL Hillsboro High School (Illinois)

9/13/17 – Nowthen Alliance Church Parents Event – Nowthen Alliance Church, Nowthen, MN
9/20/17 – “Just One” Suicide Prevention Night – Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN
9/27/17 – Fully Alive: Mental Wellness Youth Group Event – Nowthen Alliance Church, Nowthen, MN
10/4/17 – Telling the Best Story With Your Life (Just One Follow-Up) – Messiah United Methodist Church, Plymouth, MN
10/7-10/8/17 –  Millennials in the Church Weekend – Lancaster Christian Church, – Lancaster, MO
10/11/17 – Fully Alive: Spiritual Wellness – Nowthen Alliance Church, Nowthen, MN
10/14/17 – How to Change Lives Through Blogging – One-Day Workshop sponsored by the Minnesota Christian Writers Guild – Plymouth, MN
11/9-11/10/17 – Faith & Initiative Conference – Atlanta, Georgia
11/18/17 – COMPASS Educators Breakfast – Grace Church Eden Prairie, MN



8/26/16 – Maple Grove, MN – Come Alive Tour
9/10/16 – Buffalo, MN – Come Alive Tour
9/23-9/25/16 – Youth Retreat Featured Speaker – Rochester, MN
10/31/16 – University of Northwestern St. Paul – Mental Health Week
11/4/16 – University of Northwestern St. Paul – Come Alive Tour
11/15/16 – University of Northwestern St. Paul – Come Alive Tour

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