We Have BIG NEWS!!!

New Name, Same Level of Dedication to Prevent Youth Suicide

Late last week, we along with Second Wind Fund (SWF) announced that we are ending our affiliate agreement, and we will change our name to Rise Against Suicide. As such, we will remain our own independent non-profit and continue our work to prevent youth suicide in and around Boulder County. 

Why Now?
Our kids have been struggling with mental health even more acutely since COVID-19 began. While it is too early to have a lot of data, Colorado is reporting that teens are struggling with social isolation, the challenges of online learning, uncertainty about school reopening plans, child care, and increased levels of homelessness and food insecurity – leading to increased anxiety, stress, depression, and at times, suicide. And with the very recent news of BVSD and SVVSD confirming they will open in Phase 1 (virtual only) later this month, the worry for these kids continues. 

We believe the name change allows a good opportunity to clarify our mission and who we serve in our community. It is our belief (our hope) that this clarity will allow parents and youth to easily find Rise Against Suicide and immediately get the help they need. We are also in continuous contact with both school districts to ensure students can still access our services through their school counselors. In these difficult times, we continue to be fully dedicated to ensuring that at-risk kids are not alone on their mental health journeys.

Please see our full announcement below for more details.

Warm Regards,

Jenna Clinchard, Executive Director
She/Her/Hers
Rise Against Suicide
720-212-7527
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Second Wind Fund, Second Wind Fund of Boulder County
Announce They Are Parting Ways

Second Wind Fund of Boulder County Changes Name to “Rise Against Suicide”


Boulder, Colo. – August 6, 2020 – Second Wind Fund (SWF) and Second Wind Fund of Boulder County (SWFBC) announced today that they are ending their affiliate agreement. SWFBC will change its name to Rise Against Suicide, remain its own independent non-profit and continue its work – preventing youth suicide in and around Boulder County. 

The two agencies will continue to serve the geographic areas they support today. Rise Against Suicide is focused on youth residing in the areas served by the Boulder Valley and Saint Vrain Valley school districts. SWF is focused on the school districts in 30 plus other counties in the state of Colorado.

"Our services are staying the same, and we won’t miss a beat in serving uninsured or underinsured at-risk local youth struggling with suicide," said Jenna Clinchard, Executive Director of Rise Against Suicide. "We believe this is the best solution to serve as many kiddos as possible."

Youth have been struggling with mental health even more acutely since COVID-19 began. While it is too early to have a lot of data, Colorado is reporting that teens are struggling with social isolation, the challenges of online learning, uncertainty about school reopening plans, child care, and increased levels of homelessness and food insecurity – leading to increased anxiety, stress, depression, and at times, suicide. With this knowledge, both organizations know they must be readily available for all kids in the counties they serve. 

“We understand this is an unusual time to be changing our name and rebranding; however, we have confidence that this is the right time. The name change will allow us to clarify our organization’s mission and whom we serve in our community,” Clinchard said. “This clarity will allow parents and youth to easily find Rise Against Suicide and immediately get the help they need.”

“I could not be happier for Second Wind Fund of Boulder County – now Rise Against Suicide. Over the last few years, they have created their own identity and continued to provide access to life-saving therapy for hundreds of Boulder County youth,” said Chris Weiss, Executive Director of SWF. “I look forward to future collaborations in our ongoing fight against youth suicide in Colorado.”

Both Rise Against Suicide and SWF share the same model; they work with school counselors and staff to identify kids struggling with suicidal ideation, and then connect those kids with a licensed therapist – regardless of the family's ability to pay. Both organizations continue to focus on the same mission: “to decrease the incidence of suicide in children and youth by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and built our foundation under the leadership of Second Wind Fund. We will continue to collaborate with them as appropriate to ensure all kids are getting the help they need,” said Bob Kilcullen, board chair of Rise Against Suicide. “We settled on the name, ‘Rise Against Suicide,’ because we envision this as a call to the community to come together to prevent youth suicide; we can't help these kids without our community's support.”

“Second Wind Fund of Boulder County [now Rise Against Suicide] remains an important partner and advocate in the fight against youth suicide,” said Michael Juba, board chair, SWF. “The time has come for the organization to adopt an identity of its own and to continue its important mission serving the youth of Boulder Valley and Saint Vrain Valley school districts. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Rise Against Suicide in the future.”
Follow Rise Against Suicide:
Facebook: @RiseAgainstSuicide
Instagram: @RiseAgainstSuicide
Twitter: @RiseAgainstCO

About Rise Against Suicide
Founded as Second Wind Fund of Boulder County in 2009, the organization changed its name to Rise Against Suicide in 2020. Rise Against Suicide provides access to funded counseling services for at-risk youth in the geographic areas included in Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District. Youth up to the age of 19 who are at elevated risk for suicide and who have a financial need are eligible for funded counseling services through Rise Against Suicide. The organization receives referrals from private and public elementary, middle and high schools, community social workers, psychologists and mental health professionals, churches, hospitals and mental health facilities. Within hours of receiving a request for help, at-risk youth are connected with qualified, private therapists. This immediate response is unique to Rise Against Suicide. Additional information on the organization is available at https://riseagainstsuicide.org.

Follow SWF
Facebook: @SecondWindFundInc 
Instagram: @secondwindco
 
About Second Wind Fund Inc.
Second Wind Fund (SWF) is a Colorado 501(c)(3) organization established in 2002. SWF’s mission is to decrease the incidence of suicide in children and youth by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment. SWF has its own state-wide network of over 275 treatment providers — each licensed, available for a first appointment within one week and highly experienced in working with youth at-risk for suicide. When a referral call is received by a qualified referral source (usually from a school’s mental health staff) and the youth in question has no other access to treatment, the referral will be approved for up to 12 sessions of treatment paid for by SWF with one of our organization’s approved therapists. Second Wind Fund has provided over 6,400 referrals since 2002. For more information, please visit: www.thesecondwindfund.org