We hope you're well. Thanks for helping us bridge the gap between community members and mental health support through education, advocacy, and awareness. Our 10-year vision is to connect 100% of black adults in Pittsburgh to 1 mental health engagement that improves their Quality of Life by 2030. With your generous support, we hope to accomplish this together. 2018 was our best year yet and we couldn't have done it without your willingness to be present with us. In 2019, we're going to continue growing as a result of our amazing people, programming, and partnerships.
We're re-launching our Beams to Bridges Training and Education program. A cohort of community members will participate in educational sessions, learn from mental health professionals of color, and have ongoing opportunities to practice teaching with their peers. The program's purpose is to develop an informed, confident, and diverse group of mental health liaisons who will support our community’s collective healing process.
Last year, we connected with hundreds of people through our service efforts. We hit the streets, listened to stories from everyday community members, and collaboratively referred them to clinical treatment providers. For Mental Health Awareness Month, we convened over 100 people to participate in free mental health trainings and educational experiences. In September, we brought provider agencies, leaders, and others together to share conversations about suicide awareness, mental wellness, and best practices. We ended the year with our 3rd Birthday Party and Celebration. At this experience, community members participated in wellness activities and heard intimate stories from their peers about recovery.
We've had the privilege of collaborating with many phenomenal companies and organizations. Here are some of the partners who’ve helped us fulfill our mission since 2015: Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. (AHCI), Allegheny County Health Department, Ascender, BMe, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (CCBHO), Department of Human Services (DHS), Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry, IOBY, Environmental Charter School, Inside Our Minds, Edgar Snyder & Associates, Carnegie Mellon University Institute for Software Research, Jeron X Grayson Community Center, The Center That Cares, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Staunton Farm Foundation, The Opportunity Fund, UPMC Health Plan, Neighborhood Allies, The UrbanKind Institute, BOOM Concepts, Adaptive Behavioral Services, Mercy Behavioral Health, Coro Pittsburgh, Public Allies Pittsburgh, PULSE Pittsburgh, Repair the World, Young Lungs Motivation, Eminent Hospitality Solutions, LLC, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Vitamin C Healing, Handinhand Counseling Services, LLC, Vision Toward Peace Counseling, LLC, and the Ujamaa Collective.
Please consider making your tax-deductible financial donation today. The mental health and wellness of our communities depend on your continued generosity.
We truly appreciate your commitment to serving with us.
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