Help Send South Florida Kids Back to School

Dear Friends of Boys Town South Florida,

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 34?

That is an alarming fact and more than ever, it is vital to be mindful of the mental health of our children and the family stressors that may be affecting our children's lives. That is why caring for mental health is a top concern.​

John was referred to Boys Town South Florida’s Care Coordination Services after making suicidal and homicidal statements via text during an incident that occurred at the beginning of the school year. Mom had shared a great deal of concerns for her son’s safety, and the choices he had made. As a result, John was Baker Acted and admitted to JFK Hospital. John was diagnosed with adjustment disorder and discharged three days later. Mom also mentioned to our Family Consultant that she was concerned with John’s academic performance as he was behind in several classes. She said that John seemed to not be able to focus in class and she had to constantly remind him when he had an assignment due or a test coming up. Mom also let us know that John lost his dad in July 2021 to cancer. John was linked to counseling services and community resources, including a mentoring program. The young man was also referred to a psychiatric evaluation and started to take medication, which greatly helped him to focus better and improved his academic performance. The Family Consultant shared that John has come a long way. He has a mentor who he can relate to, and both have a common interest. His mentor plays golf and John is a very good golf player. John has reported that he feels comfortable speaking with his mentor and is able to talk to him about anything, especially about losing his dad. When it comes to John’s academics, the Family Consultant encouraged his mom to complete the 504 Plan process, so that John could be evaluated. He finished the last school year with A’s and B’s, which was a huge accomplishment, according to his mom. This young man always says that if it were not for his mother, he would not have the grades that he does. John also learned to be a good advocate for himself and he lets his teachers know when he needs help with his schoolwork.

“I continue to work with John in meeting his goals. I look forward to seeing him reach for the stars and succeeding!", said his mom. (John is a pseudo name)

With the beginning of a new school year just around the corner, every child and family will face different challenges. Boys Town South Florida is here to help families with children who are struggling to overcome their problems to access services designed to help them get on a more positive life path.

I hope that you can join Boys Town South Florida today by donating to ensure that at-risk students get the help they need. Together, we can provide preventative support to improve children's behavior and to help stabilize families. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated and will make a tremendous difference in the life of a child in need.

Thank you for standing with vulnerable children! Blessings,

Bethany Lacey, Executive Director

P.S. Please keep at-risk children in your prayers. Thank you, again, for sharing our commitment to help these innocent young souls rediscover their hope for the future.