Teaming up for Youth Mental Health
Exeter, NH - Connor’s Climb Foundation and Seacoast United Sports Club are teaming up to help increase youth mental health and suicide prevention education and awareness in the Seacoast community.
Over the next couple of weeks, both organizations will be working on several initiatives together which will culminate with the annual Connor’s Climb 5K & Family Walk. This race, held on September 26th during Nation Suicide Prevention month, is an essential fundraiser for this non-profit to support their mission of providing suicide prevention education to the state of New Hampshire. Funds raised from this race go directly to Connor's Climb Foundation’s suicide prevention programming.
In the build up to the 5K & Family Walk, Connor’s Climb will be providing suicide prevention training to all of Seacoast United’s full time coaching staff. This will serve as the first step towards the club raising awareness about mental health and teen suicide and eventually become part of the club’s overall curriculum and education for staff, players and families.
“With everything that is going on in our world right now, we are fully committed to supporting our players, families and communities as best we can.” Said Sales and Marketing Director James Peterson. “We have worked with Connor’s Climb over the years and they are doing such an amazing job with raising awareness about this important topic that effects so many people.” Peterson went on to say, “Seacoast interacts with thousands of young people throughout New England and we want to educate our staff to ensure that they know what to do if one of our kids is approaching a mental health crisis.
Connor’s Climb works with schools, the public and the mental health system to ensure New Hampshire youth have the life-saving resources needed to prevent suicide. Since the foundation’s launch, it has supported over 80 schools, more than 30,000 students across the state and recently trained an astounding 2000+ “trusted adults” (school staff and community members alike) remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tara Holmes Ball founded Connor’s Climb Foundation in 2012 after her son, Connor, a 14-year-old freshman at Exeter High School, died by suicide. Now one of the leading advocates for suicide prevention education in the state, Ball and her team work to raise awareness and provide education for youth suicide prevention throughout New Hampshire.
“The race is a vital part of the work Connor’s Climb Foundation does because it brings together so many different people who are key to reducing stigma and preventing suicide in New Hampshire,” Ball said. “When our youth, families, educators, loss survivors, community leaders and other stakeholders gather, they are not there just to run a race, they are there to build a stronger community that recognizes mental health is no different, or less important, than physical health. They are helping change the conversation and they are saving lives. The work of youth suicide prevention takes all of us, and I cannot thank everyone who supports this work enough. By supporting Connor’s Climb Foundation, you are saving lives!”
To take part, simply go to https://www.connorsclimb.org/2021-5k and select Register Here. Those who register by August 25th will receive a free CCF race shirt and other giveaways. Participants can choose to walk, run, or even take part virtually if they would like to continue to practice social distancing.
About Connor’s Climb Foundation
The mission of Connor’s Climb Foundation is to provide suicide prevention education to New Hampshire youth and the community. In the aftermath of Connor Ball’s suicide in October of 2011, his family and friends decided that no one else should experience such a profound and life-altering loss. Connor’s Climb Foundation is the result of their love of Connor and their commitment to end youth suicide. Connor’s Climb Foundation does this by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around mental health, and equipping youth, educators, and communities with life-saving tools and resources.
Candice Porter, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-236-4837
Kara LaMarche, Senior Marketing & Advocacy Manager, Kara@connorsclimb.org, 781-454-7050