Tampa, Fla. (February 18, 2019) – A local Tampa 501(c)(3) foundation, Hailey’s Voice of Hope, Inc., is teaming with local public schools and a nationally renowned mental health organization to help students better understand, identify and aid students suffering from mental health problems.

Chris and Lisa Acierno’s 17-year-old daughter, Hailey, took her own life in March of 2017, after struggling for many years with mental illness.  In honor of their daughter, Hailey’s family founded Hailey’s Voice of Hope, a foundation dedicated to helping bring greater awareness of, and combatting the stigma of, mental health issues.

Hailey’s Voice of Hope has partnered with the Hillsborough County School District and the Jordan Binion Project to offer instruction to students at all Hillsborough County public high schools to help them identify signs of mental illness, and provide resources to help. Instructors with the Jordan Binion Project will offer two-day training sessions for core trainers at Keiser University in Tampa.

·       The first session is Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 (8:30am-3:30pm)

·       The second session is Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday April 25 (8:30am-3:30pm)

Each session has limited openings for representatives from other Florida counties and private high schools. To learn more about this training, please contact Lica Acierno atfoundation@haileysvoice.org.

Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for people ages 10-24. The first step in making a difference is to help people understand that mental illness is real, and the “stigma” is preventing our children from getting help.

This instruction models Hillsborough County Public School’s Mental Health Plan that focuses on promoting positive mental health, and recognizing warning signs of possible mental illness.

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