Our first suicide Awareness Bench in Wellington Fl.
After months of organizing, making phone calls, and fundraising, we have finally achieved authorization to install our very first bench! This one is very special to us because it is the same park that Josh used to go to as a kid. It is placed in his hometown, and will forever hold his memory while representing the movement that we are creating. To put an end to the negative stigma surrounding mental health issues, and to bring awareness to a cause that we can all agree with.
We are very thankful for all of those who donated even a little bit, because we turned all of that into something positive that our community needs.
This is only the beginning.
Josh's Benches for Awareness Corporation will move forward with our efforts to place benches in schools and public parks. First, Palm Beach County. Next, Florida.
The week before our unveiling, we were able to speak with some very important members of the Palm Beach School Board. Although most of it must be kept to ourselves for now, we are working with the district to use our benches to be able to grow this project and launch new initiatives in schools. We believe that many of the mental health issues that we deal with today can be addressed from even an early age. So we will find the right words, and the right methods to be able to teach our kids what to do when they aren't feeling well.
Thank you for all of those who joined us on this special day. We will continue our work to raise awareness on this epidemic, and we will do everything possible to connect hurting people to the right help.
Special Thanks to:
Mayor of The Village of Wellington | Anne Gerwig
Wellington Commissioner | Melissa McKinlay
Wellington Councilman | John T. McGovern
Wellington Assistant Village Manager | Jim Barnes
Wellington Chief of Staff | Kelley Burke
Wellington Parks and Recreation | Joe Piconcelli
WPTV | Ashleigh Walter
Wellington Crier | Callie Sharkey
Starbucks Wellington, Forest Hill Blvd Manager | Cynthia
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