Helping Children & Youth at Risk for Suicide
Broad suicide prevention education and awareness are important in every community. Second Wind Fund, however, is different in their focus by targeting a different part of prevention. Treatment! Our unique program provides an avenue for obtaining actual treatment services for at-risk children and youth by breaking down financial and/or transportation barriers. Second Wind Fund has built an innovative program that matchs children and youth ages 19 and younger, who are at-risk of suicide and don’t have the means or adequate insurance for the necessary mental health treatment, with a licensed therapist in their local community or potentially via teletherapy.
Another part of the program is navigation support. While finances and transportation are two potential barriers, sometimes finding the right provider may also be a barrier. For children and youth who have Medicaid, CHP+, or private insurance that covers mental health treatment, Second Wind Fund can help narrow down a list of therapists who meet the child or youth’s needs bypassing the sometimes confusing systems.
Referrals are typically made by school mental health staff (School Counselors, Social Workers or Psychologists) and sometimes by other mental health professionals or medical doctors. Home schooled youth or those no longer attending school are also eligible. Though for navigation support we welcome any guardian or youth to reach out and access a list of potential therapists.
We believe that all communities and people are affected by suicide and that open, honest communication about the pervasiveness of suicide is critical to reducing its incidence.
To learn more about Second Wind Fund program eligibility, please click here.
- youth at risk for suicide and provide exceptional access to quality mental health services.
- the involvement and support of communities in the prevention of youth suicide.
- mutual respect among Second Wind Fund, all representatives of the organization, and all persons affected by suicide.
- the diversity of human background, experience, and thought, and pledge to be inclusive and compassionate in all of our practices.