Monday, April 6, 2020

A Year in Review: 2019 is a Wrap!

Celebrating our Work and Community Partners of 2019

It is amazing to see how our work has expanded and diversified throughout the past 16 years. The goal in 2004 was to save lives and indeed we have. Read on to learn the many ways we have achieved this during this past year alone as we celebrate 2019.

Presentations continue to be provided to youth, parents, community members, and professionals. We have accomplished this nationally by visiting several dozen schools per year and providing presentations for organizations in countless communities. The bulk of our services this past year has included the areas of Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, Broward County, and New Jersey state. These educational services provide a supportive environment to create a healthier dialogue to promote mental health.

Major conferences we have presented at include, but are not limited to Student Services of Miami-Dade County Public School’s Annual Conference “The Heart of Education”, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention’s “Boost Your Brain Heath” and “Day of Healing for Survivors”, and United Way of Broward County’s “Annual Behavioral Health Conference”.  

We appreciate partnering with a variety of community organizations including, but not limited to United Way, Lotus House, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, Broward 211, Crisis Intervention Team of Broward County, Coral Gables Community Foundation, Lotus House, American Association of Suicidology, NYRR Charity Program, Florida Health, and The Children’s Bereavement Center (CBC).

CBC has co-presented alongside us in the aftermath of tragedies were schools lost loved ones to suicide. This is part of our postvention efforts to debrief, educate, and support communities in the aftermath. As we know risks for those affected direction or indirectly increases. Our efforts help to decrease them. CBC also offers bereavement services throughout Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward County. To learn more about CBC please visit.

In New Jersey we held another presentation series in the Springof 2019 serving 8 local schools. These schools were provided staff, parent, and student presentations which allowed us to reach approximately 4,000 people on this visit alone.

Partnership with United Way of Broward County allowed suicide prevention presentations within their Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and Student Resource Officer (SRO) Program. We know many first responders are called to situation that may include a presenting mental health need, suicidal ideation, deaths by suicide, and contact with survivors. This unique presentation is designed to support them in providing quality responses to those with such presenting needs. For these officers and their colleagues we acknowledge their mental health, risks for vicarious trauma, importance of self-care, and seeking support.  

The Ganley Foundation is also part of the Suicide Prevention Coalition hosted by the United Way. These meetings allow for the collaboration of prominent community leaders to come together in an educated, research, strategic, and action-oriented manner. Additional participation includes United Professionals for Parkland and Children’s Services Counsel’s Response and Prevention. For more information on United Way of Broward County please visit.

We are grateful to Coral Gables Community Foundation for providing us with a grant allowing us to further serve. For more information on Coral Gables Community Foundation please visit.

The State Attorney of Miami Dade Katherine Fernandez-Rundle acknowledged our executive director Grace Carricarte, LMHC with an award for her service to the community in May of this year.

The Ganley Foundation began as official trainers eleven years ago under Florida’s Department of Health which hosts the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention.  For more information pleases visit.

Furthermore, we remain over the past 10 years accredited by the American Association of Suicidology as official school suicide prevention specialists. For more information on AAS please visit.

We are grateful to our community partners and donors who have helped us accomplish so much over the years. It has been an honor to learn with, work with, and serve you all.

Wishing everyone health and happiness always,
The Ganley Foundation

 

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