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April 2022 PU4P Newsletter

We Remain Dedicated Marla Berger, LMHC, ATR, RPT-S Dedicate - devote (time, effort, or oneself) to a particular task or purpose As we enter into April, we take time to notice how our community, hearts and spaces remain dedicated to remembering the 17 lives lost and countless others changed forever. Over the last four years we have felt the shock waves of tragedy, growth and healing ripple through the community. Grief and trauma brought us on a life-long journey filled with highs and lows. We have grieved together and apart throughout the years. With time, we have created our own memorials and memories to help soften that journey. We dedicate the time to grieve and heal. Dedicated - having single-minded loyalty or integrity Professionals United for Parkland was founded February 15th, 2018 and set its sights on serving the community – not just for the moment but for the long term. In the past few months, we have felt the effects of the fourth anniversary. Our phones and emails have been filled with students, teachers and community members who are ready to work towards healing and growth – often for their first time. PU4P maintains a list of professionals who provide evidenced-based trauma services to refer to. While Covid-19 briefly halted our workshop programming, we are setting our sights on bringing in high quality presenters to help education and train therapists, counselors and psychologists in our community in the near future. We remain dedicated to serving. Dedication - as being issued or performed in someone's honor As our community continues to heal, we have seen a new spaces and places dedicated to remembering the 17. The creation of safe, memorial spaces allows their stories to endure. Their names continue to be spoken and honored. These acts of communal recovery help show the resilience and growth of the Parkland community. Our PU4P Board continues its dedication to providing referrals, support and education to our community, for now and year to come. We serve, so our deeds act as a dedication to the fallen.


If you should find yourself or someone you know in immediate crisis or need for help, dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Some other resources for immediate crisis support include:

  • 211 – In Florida, and many areas, most counties will have a dedicated 211 resource hotline. Dial 211 from your phone to be connected to your local 211 branch. This may depend on where you’re calling from if it’s from your Cell Phone.

  • Crisis Text Line – Text any word (Help, Talk, etc.) to 741741 to be connected via text to a trained crisis counselor.

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – Until the 3-digit hotline number is active later in 2022, the original number will still be the one to use – 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Our Mission “Professionals United for Parkland was created to identify and meet the short and long-term needs related to mental health/well-being of the South Florida community in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy through evidence-based services including education for the general community and professionals, clinical training, clinical services, support for clinicians, and more. We work alongside other local organizations and groups to ensure that we identify gaps in current services and that the needs of our community are being adequately addressed. We are entirely non-political.”


Professionals United For Parkland Honors the 17

During the month of April, Professionals United for Parkland honors Martin Duque-Anguiano. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Martin received accolades as a JROTC cadet for perfect attendance, good conduct, leadership development. The U.S. Army posthumously awarded him with a Medal of Heroism for acts of heroism in the face of danger. Support the JROTC at MSD in his memory.

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PU4P  Updates Interested in joining our trauma trained therapists (licensed only) - please take a few moments of your time and join the PU4P referral directory. The  MSD community will need services for the long run.  PU4P links those in need with a vetted list of trauma therapists. We ask for a commitment of 2 pro-bono clients a year. For more information or questions, please contact Please support PU4P by designating it as your charity with The AmazonSmile Foundation. They will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases. Don't forget to check our Facebook page for the most current events, updates, and information about PU4P!  Thank you for your support of PU4P and your dedication to the Parkland community.

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