Boca Raton’s Promise And Broken Sound Club Team Up To Bring Awareness To Mental Health First Aid Training

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Boca’s Broken Sound Club is joining the call to action on bringing attention to mental health.

The club will underwrite the cost of paying for 17 individuals to become trained in Mental Health First Aid in honor of the 17 lives lost in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

“Just as we have globally valued and promoted the critical need for CPR training, our community must now be passionate to do the same with Mental Health First Aid Training,” said Rita Thrasher, co-founder and executive director of Boca Raton Promise. “It is critical to the health, welfare and safety of our community.”

Nonprofit Boca Raton’s Promise will secure the nationally certified trainers. BRP’s Mental Health First Aid trainings are free and open to all segments of the community. The nonprofit is working to raise funds to cover 150 training sessions, which cost $65 per trainee.

“In the aftermath of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, it is now critical to be Boca brave and bold,” said John Crean, CCE, the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Broken Sound Club whose 14-year-old daughter Anna survived the school shooting. “There is no one single way to help prevent such a tragedy from happening again, but it does ‘take a village’ working together to affect meaningful, transformational change. As a father of a daughter who lived through this ‘up close and personal’ nightmare, I along with everyone else, owe it to those lost and their loved ones that we all do our very best to give rise to a tidal wave of improvement.”