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Reflecting on Hope and Healing: 2024 Brady’s Voice Spring Mental Health Event

Brady’s Voice, a nonprofit charity dedicated to helping young people cope with mental health challenges and preventing suicide, hosted a transformative two-day event. This gathering, held on March 19th and 20th, was not just an event but a beacon of hope, education, and community solidarity in the face of mental health challenges.


Day One: A Community United for Mental Health


The event commenced on March 19th with “Mental Health 101,” led by Kristi Wiley. This session was designed to introduce the community to the core mission of Brady’s Voice and the fundamental aspects of mental health. The turnout was inspiring, with community members coming together to learn, support, and engage in meaningful dialogue about mental health awareness.


The day was filled with heartfelt speeches delivered to the Board of Education by Scott and several close friends of Brady. Scott shared the story of his 15-year-old son, Brady, whose life was tragically cut short by suicide. Scott’s moving narrative underscored the critical importance of mental health awareness and the need for proactive measures to prevent such losses.  The courage of Brady’s friends, who also spoke at the event, was a testament to the impact of Brady’s life and the collective resolve to advocate for mental health and suicide prevention.  Kristi proceeded with an enlightening talk on Hope Squad, a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program, showcasing the power of community and empathy in combating mental health issues.


Day Two: Educating and Empowering


The following day, Brady’s Aunt, Robin Elbaum, and Kristi Wiley engaged with the Old Bridge School’s Mental Health counselors in a productive meeting that sparked insightful discussions and a keen interest in advancing mental health initiatives within the school system.


The momentum continued as over 200 educators from Old Bridge High School (OBHS) received training in suicide prevention. This initiative marked a significant step forward in equipping educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to identify and address mental health issues among students effectively.


The event culminated in a powerful suicide prevention training session for parents and kids in the evening. This session not only provided vital information and resources but also fostered a sense of community and shared responsibility in safeguarding the mental well-being of our youth.


A Legacy of Hope


The Spring Mental Health Event by Brady’s Voice was more than just a gathering; it was a profound statement of resilience, compassion, and commitment to change. By bringing together individuals from various walks of life—educators, parents, students, and community leaders—Brady’s Voice has sparked the need for hope and healing in the fight against suicide.


As we reflect on the success of this event, we are reminded of the power of collective action and the importance of continuing the conversation about mental health. Let us carry forward the legacy of Brady in working tirelessly to create a world where mental health is prioritized, and every individual feels supported and valued.


In memory of Brady and in honor of all those who battle silently, let’s pledge to be the voice of hope, understanding, and support. 


Together, we can make a difference.