We are so excited to share that we have chosen Elyssa’s Mission for our 2018 Grant. In memory of Elyssa, her parents started a foundation to educate students, staff and parents on how best to recognize and educate teens at risk. Currently they are in over 200 school in the Chicagoland area bringing the Signs of Suicide programs to students.
With our $60,000 Grant, Elyssa’s Mission is going to create and staff an 8 week support group for schools that have been impacted by suicide. When Andrew died there was no safe place or help at school for his friends. They struggled with their grief and understanding Andrew’s illness. This program will help friends process their grief while they learn about mental illness. We know that Andrew is proud that we are helping teens who have lost a friend to suicide.
The Andrew Applegate Foundation is proud to announce our 2017 grant recipient: Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). C4 is the largest nonprofit mental health care provider in the state of Illinois. With three centers across the city, C4 provides mental health services to thousands of low income children, adults and families per year. C4 was the first organization in Illinois to provide a Mental Health First Aid course but due to financial setbacks three years ago, the program was eliminated. We are thrilled that our $40,000 grant will financially support C4 in bringing back this amazing program.
Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized program that teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disease, eating disorder and addictions. C4’s Mental Health First Aid program will provide free courses for teachers, first responders, and businesses, teaching people how to support those suffering from mental health crises.
Thank you to all of our friends and family that have supported the Andrew Applegate Foundation! With your support, we have enabled C4 to provide much needed training to leaders in our schools, communities, and businesses.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of our friends and family, The Alongside Andrew Foundation raised over $25,000 in 2016. The Board looked into many wonderful organizations and decided to award our first grant of $25,000 to Erika’s Lighthouse. This amazing organization focuses their efforts on teen depression and suicide prevention by educating, encouraging good mental health, and breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Erika's Lighthouse has worked with 124 schools in 92 communities across the country. Their curriculum has been distributed to over 60,000 teens and nearly 3,000 adults. Through teen clubs and awareness campaigns, Erika's Lighthouse brings teens together to combat the stigma associated with mental illness and educate their peers on depression and suicide prevention.
Erika’s Lighthouse supports schools by providing depression, mental health, and suicide materials and videos free of charge. Currently they are in the process of updating their materials and creating a new video for high school health classes. The organization has done a wonderful job presenting real teens sharing their real struggles with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Above all, their message is hope. Our grant will enable them to complete the production of their new video and distribute it to schools across the country. Best of all, Erika’s Lighthouse will dedicate the video to Andrew!