Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Second Wind Fund of Boulder County believes that every child and youth at risk of suicide should have access to the mental health treatment they deserve.
We match youth at risk for suicide with licensed and insured therapists in their communities. When a financial or social barrier to treatment is present, we pay for eight sessions of therapy, more if requested, from one of our specialized network providers.
While other suicide prevention organizations offer broad suicide prevention education and awareness, Second Wind Fund of Boulder County intervenes by providing treatment services to uninsured or underinsured at-risk children and youth. Second Wind Fund of Boulder County is an innovative program that matches youth ages 19 and younger, who are at risk of suicide, with a licensed therapist in their local community. Referrals are typically made by school mental health staff; School Counselors, Social Workers, Interventionists, or Psychologists. Homeschooled youth or those no longer attending school are also eligible. If the referred does not have adequate insurance or the means to pay for the necessary mental health treatment, the cost of therapy is paid for by Second Wind Fund of Boulder County. Our unique program helps referred youth to discover hope and healing in their lives.
Since April of 2009, we have been able to provide direct therapy services to 763 youth since SWFBC was founded ten years ago. Our numbers continue to grow at a rapid pace year over year.
Second Wind Fund of Boulder County provides its services in Boulder County School District and St. Vrain School District.
We use suicidal ideation questionnaires (SIQ) to track our kiddo's progress with their SWFBC therapist. These questionnaires are filled out by the youth on their 1st, 3rd, and 5th visit with the therapist, then the scores are reported back to SWFBC. The scores always improve from the first and second SIQ given.
At the end of our fiscal year, we send our SIQ statistics to the University of Denver, where they put together a data analysis report that we use to show our program is successful.