The Beginning of Second Wind Fund
The belief that the tragedy of a young person choosing to take their own life can be prevented was the prime motivator for the founders of the Second Wind Fund back in 2002. That school year, four students at a Jefferson County School in Colorado died by suicide in a nine-month time frame. The community - profoundly affected - grieved.
In response to these four suicides, three members of a local faith community, Jeff Lamontagne, Dr. Marjorie Laird, and Scott Fletcher organized a small community "Walk/Run" event to show solidarity with the school. The event, attended by 66 people, also raised a modest amount of money, and it was decided to use that money to provide direct support to other young people who were struggling at the school. The Second Wind Program was then created to continue providing access to professional counseling services to youth deemed at risk of suicide.
Other schools in the county heard about the program, and word began to spread to additional communities in Colorado. Now, Second Wind Fund services are available throughout the state. Fifteen years since its inception, the Second Wind Fund is serving 23 counties in Colorado and is still growing.
The mission of Second Wind Fund is to decrease the incidence of suicide in children and youth by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment.
Second Wind Fund, Inc. actively seeks to promote access, equity, and inclusiveness. SWF has the conviction that inclusiveness benefits everyone and is not only compatible with but also promotes excellence.