I want to pass along a note we just received from Dawn Lawless, the executive director of Counseling Connections for Change. Last week, we presented her with a check for $1,600 from our 2015 Pearland Veterans Day Walk.
We are super thankful for the financial gift from HIKE for Mental Health. I want to make sure you knew how appreciative we are of this collaboration!
Since receiving your funds, we’ve had confirmation of yet another veteran suicide in our community, and this time it is hitting close to home. The young man connected to [a member of Counseling Connections for Change] related, “I’ve now had more of my platoon die due to suicide than the actual war.”
We are committed to initiating a training course for suicide prevention that can be facilitated to veterans and their families. The HIKE for Mental Health made a huge dent in our proposed $4,000 project budget, and we are grateful!
Please thank the rest of your team and know we are looking forward to partnering with you again next year!
Blessings as you all celebrate Christmas!
Dawn A. Lawless, LCSW, LSOTP, RPT-S
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Counseling Connections for Change, Inc.
Thank you, Dawn, for sharing this note and for the work you and your team do in the trenches of mental health everyday!
Anyone who want to help plan our 2016 Walk is invited to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603 801-5662.