March 2019 Newsletter

Updated: Nov 8, 2020

The events throughout the month of February to memorialize and remember the lives lost and the trauma that occurred last February filled the community with hope and strength. PU4P strives to continue serving the community with support and educational events. We recognize that the healing process takes more than a year and commit to continue this important work as we move forward from the one year anniversary without pause. Instrumental grief and post-traumatic growth were pervasive throughout the month. Individuals, families, and the community came together to find ways to honor the lives lost and to make some good come from this horrible tragedy in the form of memorial funds, events, gatherings, service, and kindness to one another.

Program Spotlight Chris Hixon Memorial 5K

On Saturday, February 16th, the Chris Hixon Athletic Fund hosted the Inaugural Chris Hixon Memorial 5K. The Hixon family are an incredible example of how honoring a fallen hero by creating a lasting legacy in his name allows this family and all who contribute to and who benefit from the fund to continue Mr. Hixon's dedication to students, athletes, and to the community. The annual 5K raised funds for the athletic scholarship in Mr. Hixon's name. Please learn more about the Chris Hixon Athletic Fund and Mr. Hixon's life, bravery, and inspiring dedication to all who knew him by clicking here.

PU4P Update

Members and Friends of PU4P, The journey from trauma to resilience is a long and arduous path filled with dark moments and terror. This was one of those dark and frightening weeks for Parkland and surrounding communities. Two MSD students, in separate incidents, died by suicide. PU4P met with the Parkland Mayor today along with all other concerned organizations to map out a strategy for this coming week. The announcements, schedules and volunteer sign- ups are available on our Facebook Page. We remain 100 percent committed to the recovery for all touched by these tragedies. Our community needs to pull together in a cohesive manner. We pledge to provide resources, assist other organizations, make referrals for proper trauma treatment and to support the therapeutic community who are on the frontlines. Please review our plans for this week and jump in to help in whatever manner you can. We have additionally posted extensive information on suicide for you to read as well as to pass along to your clients and friends. Thank you in advance for your compassionate efforts during this troubling time. Sincerely, Board of Professionals United for Parkland Parkland Community Therapy Support If you are a trauma trained mental health clinician and are able to volunteer this week to support the community of Parkland, please sign up HERE Please share this link with any trauma trained mental health clinicians who may be able to help. Thank you