Dean College has been awarded $2,750.00 from KyleCares, The Kyle Johnson Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting open and honest communication about the mental health challenges teens and young adults face in today’s society. The organization financially assists high schools and colleges with the implementation of mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs to better support their students.
KyleCares was founded by The Johnson Family, Jim, Sue and their daughters Katie and Lauren, in memory of their son and brother Kyle J. Johnson, a 19-year college student who died by suicide in April 2018. It was Kyle’s wish that open conversation and ongoing education around the topic of mental health and suicide would encourage others to seek the help and support they need.
The financial gift from KyleCares will support Dean College’s participation in The Healthy Minds Network annual survey during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The web-based survey is designed specifically for college-age students and assesses mental health status, lifestyle behaviors, attitudes and use of support services.
Upon completion of the survey and compilation of data, the College will receive a customized report which outlines program gaps, areas of need and recommendations on how to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students.
“Dean College is thrilled to receive funding from the KyleCares Foundation” says MaryAnn Silvestri, Director of Counseling at Dean College. “We appreciate the Foundation joining Dean College in a campus-wide effort to prioritize mental health and suicide prevention.”