Our hearts were heavy this month with the tragic loss of two more young lives. As our community continues to grieve, we encourage families to have open conversations and teens to talk to one another about their emotions, concerns, and about suicide risk and loss. Resilience and growth are a slow and steady process, but the foundation it is built upon is support. The professionals in our PU4P network have been active in helping to build that foundation with the community and we hold gratitude for each and every one of you who has volunteered your time and services. The effects of trauma and grief persist, leaving our work far from finished. Please check the events listed below and on our Facebook page to find out how you can help us to support our community as we work diligently to provide guidance, education, and interventions to those most in need.
Program Spotlight Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation
This month we highlight the Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation. From Girl Scouts and surf camp to Color Guard and her artistic pursuits, Gina's talent and kind-heartedness are evident in stories and memories shared about her. To honor Gina, her parents have established a memorial fund to grant several scholarships: to a student pursuing artistic study, a student pursuing a degree in a STEM field, a Girl Scout who achieves the Gold award from the Southeast Florida service unit, and a student pursuing an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or Marriage and Family Therapy. From the Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation website: "The Foundation will ensure that Gina’s purpose and spirit will not be lost with her passing. With your donations to the Foundation we will continue to inspire young adults to go on and accomplish greatness in life, something we are sure Gina would have done given the chance." Please visit the Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation website for more information.
PU4P Updates We are so grateful to be joined again by Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, communal trauma expert and former Newtown Clinical Recovery Leader for a weekend of workshops supporting MSD teachers, parents, and students. Please distribute and share the flyers.