Second Wind Fund of Boulder County
Second Wind Fund of Boulder County has been an affiliate of Second Wind Fund Inc. since 2009. Second Wind Fund of Boulder County believes that every child and youth at risk of suicide should have access to the mental health treatment they deserve.
We match youth at risk for suicide with licensed therapists in their communities. When a financial or social barrier to treatment is present, we pay for eight sessions of therapy, more if requested, from one of our specialized network providers.
While other suicide prevention organizations offer broad suicide prevention education and awareness, Second Wind Fund of Boulder County offers actual treatment services to at-risk children and youth. Second Wind Fund of Boulder County is an innovative program that matches youth ages 19 and younger, who are at risk of suicide, with a licensed therapist in their local community. Referrals are typically made by school mental health staff; School Counselors, Social Workers, Interventionists, or Psychologists. Homeschooled youth or those no longer attending school are also eligible. If the referred does not have adequate insurance or the means to pay for the necessary mental health treatment, the cost of therapy is paid for by Second Wind Fund of Boulder County. Our unique program helps referred youth to discover hope and healing in their lives.
Since April of 2009, we have been able to provide a safety net of direct counseling services to over 800 youth in the community that does not have the financial resources for treatment dealing with possible suicide.
Second Wind Fund of Boulder County provides its services in Boulder County School District and St. Vrain School District.
The Beginning of Second Wind Fund
Second Wind Fund began in 2002 as a response to a tragedy of the suicide of four students at a Jefferson County High School in a nine-month time frame.
In response to these four suicides, three members of a local faith community, Jeff LaMontagne, Dr. Majorie Laird, and Scott Fletcher, organized a community "walk-run" event to show their desire to stand with the school. It was decided that the money raised would be used to provide access to professional counseling services to youth at risk for suicide.
Second Wind Fund of Boulder County continues this critical work of providing therapy services.