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Former Red Sox Player’s Foundation Gives $50k to Prevent Youth Suicide

Donation from John Trautwein’s Will to Live Foundation Brings Evidence-Based SOS Signs of Suicide Program to Students

Dedham MA – In support of its mission to raise awareness of teen suicide and increase mental health education, the Will to Live Foundation (WTL) has donated $50,000 to MindWise Innovations, a service of Riverside Community Care dedicated to providing evidence-based mental health and substance use services for organizations, schools, and mental health professionals.

The gift will fund scholarships to schools for MindWise’s SOS Signs of Suicide, an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program that teaches students in grades 6-12 how to recognize warning signs of suicide and take appropriate action if concerned about themselves or a friend. In randomized controlled trials, SOS reduced self-reported suicide attempts by 64 percent. The program is currently utilized in approximately 4,000 middle and high schools across the country.

Former Red Sox Pitcher John Trautwein and his wife Susie established WTL after the tragic loss of their 15-year-old son Will to suicide in October of 2010. The foundation is committed to bringing youth suicide prevention education to schools because teaching adolescents how to manage and address suicidal thoughts can save lives.

“Our wonderful relationship with MindWise Innovations over these past 12 years has been instrumental in the Will to Live Foundation’s mission of not only raising the awareness of teen suicide in our communities, but also increasing the education around mental illness,” said John Trautwein, President and Co-Founder of WTL. “Our funding of the SOS program has been so impactful to schools, students and their families, while being a true source of hope to the kids of Will to Live.”

“John’s will to inspire teenagers and parents across the country and teach students the importance of coping with complex emotions is remarkable,” said Bryan Kohl, Executive Director of MindWise Innovations. “He’s committed to providing adolescents with crucial suicide prevention resources and truly connecting with them through his and his son Will’s story. MindWise is thankful to be partners with an organization dedicated to not only delivering resources to students, but hope as well.”

Since its inception 12 years ago, Will to Live has raised over $2 million for youth suicide prevention, sponsored on-site therapists across school campuses, and worked closely with MindWise Innovations. WTL currently supports SOS in more than 100 schools annually and reaches approximately 100,000 students. This recent donation will sponsor over 100 additional programs. Schools wishing to be considered for an SOS scholarship must complete this form.

 

About Will to Live
The Will to Live Foundation is dedicated to preventing teen suicide by improving the lives and the ‘Will to Live’ of teenagers everywhere through education about mental health and encouraging them to recognize the love and hope that exists in each other.

About MindWise Innovations
With the goal of shaping the current and future state of behavioral health for the better, MindWise Innovations provides evidence-based mental health and substance use services for organizations, schools, and mental health professionals. Headquartered in Dedham, Massachusetts and powered by Riverside Community Care, MindWise is a non-profit leader in integrated behavioral health and human services.