This year Beacon Tree increased awareness and support of youth mental health through:
Beacon Tree is an organization started in 2008 by Tom and Diana Leahy, who were motivated by their own struggles to help their three daughters, each diagnosed with clinical depression. They saw their children battle drug and alcohol abuse, self-cutting, multiple suicide attempts, a life threatening eating disorder and dangerous sexual promiscuity. Through it all, they experienced the fear and frustration of trying to understand the illness, navigate the mental health community and find resources to help pay for treatment.
It provides financial assistance through its family grant program and Operation On Ramp. Plans have begun to establish a low-interest, K-12 loan program, to provide families access to financing for special programs and schools.
At the end of the day, Beacon Tree Foundation’s sole purpose is to insure that families can access the resources and treatment their emotional disturbed or mentally ill child needs to successfully overcome their issues and create a productive life for themselves.
We provide funding where insurance and Medicaid does not. We are in the weeds fighting to save children’s lives and keep the Sandy Hooks and Virginia Techs from happening.
Long-term, our goal is to build, here in Virginia, the Saint Jude’s of children’s mental health, where no child is turned away based on their inability to pay. Where long-term inpatient treatment is provided in conjunction with an educational curriculum. Where responsibility and accountability is instilled. Where green space and outdoor activities help to heal. Where struggling youth learn to become successful contributing citizens despite their challenges.
Beacon Tree Foundation is eight years old. Over that time we have established a board of 12 directors, helped 23 families financially from Hancock, New York to Huntsville, Alabama, from Richmond, Virginia to Syracuse, Utah, and designed and built a meditative space at Byrd Park, where each year we hold an annual awareness event, Trees of Hope, culminating in a tree lighting ceremony.
Our challenge is cultural. We fight the stigma associated with mental illness. We struggle with the message because we advocate for those many see as monsters, rather than victims. Our board members tell their stories. Two have been published in local magazines. We tell our stories so others feel safe in sharing theirs.
We have committed board members, who contribute to the foundation with their time, with their money and with their talents.
Our immediate need is financial, so we are able to hire staff and do the ongoing things necessary to take Beacon Tree to the next level. Funding raising assistance and grant writing are our current focus. We have joined a new local networking group, Synapse, that creates hubs of local businesses that circle their wagons around a nonprofit. We are encouraged by the support that is being expressed.
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