From Alison’s Desk: Bringing Students Home for the Holidays

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_MG_9220-2_alison with picture_compressed (1)I remember the first holiday season I spent with my family as an only child. I was 19 and nine months earlier, suicide had claimed the life of my brother, Brian. I didn’t know it then but for the very same reason, many other brothers, sisters, children, moms and dads weren’t home for the holidays either.

That year it was like experiencing the holiday season for the first time. My family was forced to come up with new traditions that wouldn’t just highlight the hole that was left by Brian’s absence. But despite the grief, I was able to channel my pain into something meaningful after that first holiday without Brian: I established Active Minds.

Thanks to supporters like you, Active Minds is making sure that thousands more students are coming home for the holidays every year.

It’s been 15 years since I celebrated the holiday season with my brother and not a year goes by that I don’t think back to the days of sledding down our neighborhood hill and sipping hot chocolate to thaw out, or wish that he was here now to play with my baby girls.

While I miss him, I find comfort in knowing that because of the work we do, other families will not have to make new holiday traditions in the absence of their loved ones.

With your generous donation we can make sure more students are home for the holidays for years to come. Please send your gift today.