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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: 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

Programs: Second wind fund connects children and youth, 19 and under, who are at risk of suicide to professional counseling services with licensed, specialized therapists. If a referred youth does not have adequate insurance or otherwise have access to care or means to pay for services, second wind fund covers the cost of up to twelve sessions of treatment with a licensed therapist. Second wind fund provides these services in the state of colorado and primarily in the denver metropolitan area. Second wind fund also provides management, administrative, and strategic services to affiliated organizations providing these same services in boulder county, colorado and the four corners area of colorado. Since it was founded in 2002, the organization has helped over 3,700 children and youth at risk for suicide get the help they need.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter took her life in 2006. About a year later I found Second Wind Fund. My volunteer experience has played an integral part in my healing process. I have since talked with school counselors who have told me about the role that Second Wind has had in the lives of their students. Second Wind Fund saves lives, not only for the young people that receive services, but also for their families that will not have to go through the pain and suffering that many of us have. This organization saves lives and promotes healing! I have included a photo, not of Second Wind Fund, but of the daughter that I wish had found Second Wind before it was too late. Thank you for all you do!

Former staff

Rating: 1

I would rate Second Wind as zero stars if I could regarding their HR practices. Totally unprofessional, completely lacking in compassion and absolute disregard for dealing with other human beings. I cannot believe that an organization who has such a great mission treats applicants seeking employment like they are disposable.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The mission of Second Wind Fund, Inc. is to decrease the incidence of teen suicide nationally by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth and to create a network of local affiliates to provide such services in their own communities. Second Wind Fund currently has 9 affiliates in CO covering 80% of the state's youth. To date, these affiliates collectively have had over 2800 referrals for kids who need our life-saving services. To our knowledge, these kids are all still alive!

One in four youth will have more than passing thoughts of suicide in any given year, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens. On average, it takes less than five therapy sessions to move most youth away from considering suicide as a viable option. The Second Wind Fund program provides at least eight sessions to each youth referred to the program, ensuring that all youth, regardless of financial constraints, are provided the opportunity to receive life-saving therapy.

Second Wind Fund Inc. wants to take root in every state, every community nationwide. Please help us!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We all hope that “somebody will do something about that.” Whatever “that” happens to be. When I first heard about Second Wind and what those passionate people had accomplished in curtailing youth suicide, I was happy that somebody was doing something about that. But I when I learned about how successful Second Wind was every day, I knew I just had to get involved. I could become that “somebody” who was truly doing something about that. Second Wind has gone beyond making us aware of the problem of youth suicide, studying its causes, garnering public support, and gathering funds to fight the problem. Second Wind has actually, tangibly, efficiently and effectively established program that has saved over 2,000 young lives in just six years on a budget so modest that it would embarrass most national organizations. So I joined Second Wind because a young life lost to suicide diminishes each of us and makes our world just a little bit less joyous, complete, and loving. I’m proud to be a part of a community that Second Wind has impacted, and to know that every dollar I raise pays out in the laughs, smiles, contribution, and extended love that saving a young life brings.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thia is a truly amazing organization that unselfishly raises money to help t-risk youth get free access to counseling for suicide. THEY SAVE LIVES. Every child that has gone through the system is still alive today, and did not take their own lives. Anyone can help this organization by donating money to help save lives!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Second Wind Fund is a true grassroots success story. A few people responded to a tradgedy with a heartfelt question, "What can we do to make a difference?" Those few people and that one question has now led to a unique program to reduce teen suicide that is expanding across the country. I have been consistently impressed with the vision and dedication of the staff and those who are involved with the organization. I have rarely seen an organization that can show so directly the impact it is having - saving the lives of teens from suicide. With over 2,500 kids served and demand for the program to be replicated all over the country, this is an organization that needs and deserves to grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my oldest son, Miles, shot and killed himself in October of 2007, I understand much more the importance of accessible counseling for youth. The Second Wind Fund delivers over and over again to help save depressed and suicidal youth’s lives and create with them a life worth living. I have witnessed the fear and lack of hope in other communities devastated by youth suicide where effective counseling is not practically available. I believe so much in what Second Wind is doing, I am training for my first ever marathon race to help fund the expansion of Second Wind's services.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

On January 24th 2008 my husband found our son of 30 years dead by his own hands. There was no indication that he was suffering from depression or any illness. He left behind two little girls and of course his parents and his only brother. I still have a hard time beleving that it is real. I sought out groups to work with to help prevent this escalating tragedy. I am so proud to be involved with such a wonderful program and to be able to see the good works they are doing to help our teens in Montrose, Colorado. Any consideration that you would give to the program would be greatley appreceaited. Sincerely, Darlene Nation

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Donor

Rating: 5

Imagine that your child, your nephew, your granddaughter, suddenly ended his or her life. As hard as you may try, and as empathetic as you may be, you cannot imagine the pain unless it has happened to you! No child should be gone before his Mom and Dad, especially by their own hand. A wonderful mother and personal friend had this happen. Her son was a good kid. He and his Mom enjoyed many happy experiences together. One day he was gone, by his own hand. Nobody to this day knows why. I suspect he had pain he did not want to burden his mother with. I speculate that there were no personal acquaintances he felt he could share his misgivings with. But suspicions and speculations are of little use.... because he is gone. If there had been counseling such as SWF provides access to, this young man would likely be a person who got past the troubles he thought were insurmountable. We will never know, but we do know that the young people who HAVE found a knowledgable and sympathetic ear through SWF are still alive! Help!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What is one life worth? Second Wind is dedicated to saving the lives of at risk teens. I have been an adviser/supporter of Second wind for a decade. I value the work they do to raise money to insure that at risk high school kids can get the counseling they need to prevent the horrific tragedy of their taking their own lives. To know that such an agency exists to which school, churches, synagogues and mosques can refer our precious children is reassuring, especially in these days of economic stress in our communities. I hope and pray and will work to underwrite the efforts of the Second Wind Fund so that they will go from strength to strength. For, he saves a single life is as though he had saved an entire universe.