ST. JOHNS, Fla., September 30, 2019 -- In response to the growing behavioral
health needs affecting youth in St. Johns County, THE PLAYERS Championship
has committed $1 million to the Flagler Healthcare Foundation to help
bolster the work being led by Flagler Health+ in St. Johns County public schools.
The gift announcement was made today, the final day of National Suicide
Prevention Awareness Month, among many area and state leaders including
State of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ wife Casey DeSantis, Flagler
Health+ CEO Jason Barrett, St. Johns County School Board Chair, Kelly
Barrera, St. Johns County School District Superintendent Tim Forson and
Jared Rice, Executive Director for THE PLAYERS Championship.
Statewide data reveals that St. Johns County is a state leader in overall
deaths by suicide for youth, ages 18-24. As equally alarming is the lack
of care and support available to them. In Florida, six out of 10 youth
(66.8%) who are depressed and are most at-risk for depression do not receive
any mental health treatment.
THE PLAYERS’ gift is helping leaders improve access and support for
St. Johns County students with the development of a new program called
B.R.A.V.E. – Be Resilient and Voice Emotions. Launched by Flagler
Health+ Care Connect in partnership with the St. Johns County School District,
B.R.A.V.E. was established to encourage area youth to get in touch with
their behavioral health early on, be open to receiving help, address social
barriers, and, most importantly, access behavioral healthcare services
at the right time, at the right place.
“There is no easy fix for addressing the complex issues around behavioral
health that are facing our youth today. It is only through sustained resolve,
investment and resources from every stakeholder in our community that
we will eliminate stigma and increase much-needed access to care,”
stated Jason Barrett, President and CEO of Flagler Health+. “This
generous gift from THE PLAYERS truly allowed us to bring this critical
program to life in time for the beginning of the school year. With THE
PLAYERS support, the commitment of our school district and collaboration
with our community partners, we will ensure no child goes without getting
the care they need.”
Through B.R.A.V.E., Flagler Health+ Care Connect serves as the hub for
student behavioral health referrals for all 39 schools in the St. Johns
County School District. Care Connect staff identify unmet social needs
for the entire family, eligible resources and the most appropriate behavioral
health provider for the student. This includes services provided by Epic
Behavioral Healthcare, Children’s Home Society and St. Augustine
Youth Services. The program includes care coordination and navigation
services, access to virtual mental health counseling visits and a 24 -hour
crisis text line. More than (35) students have already been referred to
Care Connect via BRAVE this school year.
“Our ability to provide this $1 million gift is a direct result of
the tremendous support we receive for THE PLAYERS Championship,”
said Jared Rice, Executive Director, THE PLAYERS Championship. “Based
on the contributions of our volunteers, Proud Partners, sponsors, fans,
media, and corporate, civic, and legislative leaders, area nonprofit organizations
will benefit from more than $9.25 million, generated from our 2019 tournament.
It is our honor to launch this year’s charitable outreach campaign
with support for Flagler Health+ and St. Johns County Public Schools in
their efforts to improve access and outcomes of children, grappling with
mental health needs. Their partnership is truly making a difference in
the lives of families and communities.”
“I am so grateful to live in a community where businesses and organizations
step up when our students need them. THE PLAYERS and Flagler Health+ are
steadfast in their support to help our students and this gift will further
help reduce the stigma and increase services in mental health,”
said St. Johns County School District Superintendent Tim Forson.
About Flagler Health+
Flagler Health+ is a total-care enterprise aimed at advancing the physical,
social and economic health of Northeast Florida communities. From working
with area schools to address youth behavioral health to bringing a new
concept in health villages throughout the region, Flagler Health+ is building
healthier communities. Flagler Health+ is an extension of Flagler Hospital,
which has a 130-year legacy of caring for the community. Learn more at
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THE PLAYERS Championship annually combines the best field in golf with
the world-class venue that is THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
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Partners of THE PLAYERS. Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit Northeast Florida
charities and have totaled more than $100 million since the event moved
to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1974, including a record $9.25 million generated
in 2019. For more on THE PLAYERS, visit
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