SECOND WIND FUND INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 12567 W Cedar Dr Ste 102 Lakewood CO 80228 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I work for Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver. Everyday I hear about kids who are expressing suicidal ideation. Some of these kids have experienced traumatic events or have difficult home situations, while other kids come from stable homes with supportive families. Suicide cuts across all socio-economic classes, race, and gender. It affects everyone. Second Wind Fund gives kids a second chance at life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Absolutely nothing. The Second Wind Fund model of providing therapy to kids has proven effective. This is evident by the fact that every kid who has been referred to us is alive today!

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how it has saved lives, changed lives, and made us all better for being participants in that grand accomplishment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it nationally so other cities and towns could benefit from the success-on-a-shoestring that Second Wind has brought.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the actual, tangible results of the accomplishment of saving lives. It works - that's the message, you CAN save lives and it takes less time than you think, less paperwork, and less money. How's THAT for success?!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Supremely dedicated and feel they are on a successful mission. It's an honor to be associated with them all.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Begin by saving 20,000 lives. Moreover, it could expand throughout the nation and world to actually show people how to set up organizations that save lives and have a massive impact on our society. Not HOPE to save lives, but ACTUALLY do it.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to be a volunteer and part of things.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising and awareness. One will bring the other, but it's a struggle.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It works. Listen to that: IT WORKS. Second Wind has developed a win-win program that actually works to save lives. Not HOPE to save them, but actually SAVES them ... and we do it at a fraction of the cost.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my Marathon Training Team experiences

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

While I have not personally experienced the results, I have heard many stories of young lives totally changed by the services provided by the Second Wind Fund.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The sense of community that they have built around this cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand this organization across the country and significantly reduce the teen suicide rate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching people's eyes light up when I tell them Second Wind has been referred over 2,300 depressed and suicidal youth and not lost one of them. The response almost every time is "wow", then they specifically ask for website information.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the benefits the program provides and all the hard wqork they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Only vicariously through the stories of others who mhave been more intimately involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their reach, especially troughout Colorado, where inexplicably, teen suicide is the highest of any state.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing the good they achieve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase their area of influence. Save more kids!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to the cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Obtaining the resources to increase their reach.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Too many young people continue to think their particular situation is hopeless. Good professional counseling turns hopelessness into a recognition that we all have doubts and problems, and that they can be overcome.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know the good work that Second Wind does. Whereas I have never referred a student or congregant to them, I know that teens in my congregation go to schools that have. Who knows how many lives have been saved in and through the work of Second Wind?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it a national program...and then international!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it saves the lives of teenagers at risk.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

entire professional and motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go national and beyond. Does anyone doubt the need?

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't be better unless it got a grant of, say, a billion dollars.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Like all non-profits, this endeavor needs money to sustain and grow the important work they do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The suicide of one's child leave an unimaginable wake of guilt, despair, anger and endless suffering. Second Wind provides a way for at risk kids to be identified and referred to get the help that saves lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I first heard about 2WF when we started a new church in the community. We heard about the tragic suicides at a local high school and how this fund was set up to make a difference. That's the bottom line - 2WF makes a difference - they literally save lives! By helping kids at risk for suicide to get the counseling they need at their time of crisis - 2WF stops suicide. And we at Faith Mountain are huge supporters of 2WF!!! As a pastor, I have referred at risk kids. I know first hand the crucial life-and-death nature of the help being provided by 2WF. This program has saved lives in every community where it operates - it should be avaliable in EVERY community in the nation, in the world! There is no reason we can't wipe out youth suicide - all we need to do is help 2WF spread this wonderful program all over the world. Join the mission to end youth suicide. Support the Second Wind Fund! Blessings, Pastor Mark Aalund

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They have saved kids' lives in the local schools of my neighborhood, within the greater metro Denver area, and now throughout the state of Colorado.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I reconnected with the head of this organization that I was very close to in high school and was introduced to the cause. I immediately embraced it. Having been raised by a psychologist I was very inspired by the vision to get kids help fast. I have teens and watch every day the dilemmas they face. We are fortunate to have coverage available but there are so many who are not. It is such a worthy and truly lifesaving organization led by people who honestly care about the kids one at a time and struggle daily with finding funding to get them the help they need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the need and even getting suicide prevention advice for talking to my own kids.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to expand it and ways to get more funding which is the path to the goal.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion of the people who devote themselves to it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

So dedicated and inspiring!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand. Get the word out and help sooo many more kids in need.

Ways to make it better...

More people could be involved. They are looking for ways to expand to help more kids and its a struggle.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not enough money or exposure

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would do anything I could to help this organization even though I am far away. I wish I could come up with some ideas to help. Its frustrating.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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