Mental health group seeks donations to help even more

With parents reporting that their – and their children’s – mental health and well-being have been impacted by this year’s unprecedented challenges, Raising Resilience of Bainbridge Island has launched a new effort to reach more families with support.

As part of the “We Are Raising Resilience Together” awareness and fundraising campaign, parents – and all who care about youth – are invited to take the pledge to seek connections, use and share resources that foster acceptance, self-discovery, self-care, positivity, perspective and hope.

“We raise resilience year by year, and kid by kid…,” executive director April Avey Trabucco said. “Some years will be tougher than others (like this one!). Some years, we will be the parent, teacher, coach, therapist or grandparent who offers help and perspective to others. Some years, we will be the ones seeking help.

“While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are local resources to guide our families through various options that enable us to thrive in the face of challenge and model that to our children.”

The small nonprofit’s plan, devised by a part-time executive director and a group of volunteers, cannot happen without partnerships and support from the wider community.

Families, partnering organizations and businesses can join the campaign by taking the pledge via the website. They are encouraged to share parent support resources with friends and family, and submit photos and testimonials about resilience to or post them on social media.

The “We Are Raising Resilience Together” campaign is also combined with the nonprofit’s fundraising efforts through One Call for All to ensure consistent delivery and accessibility of programs that empower families and youth.

Last spring, when in-person support was not available, the organization pivoted quickly to connect parents to each other and local resources in new ways, from the virtual Connections Café and The Self-Driven Child programs to the enhanced Parent Corner Blog series and Video Library – that offers on-demand help when it’s needed most.

The free monthly Connections Café continues via Zoom this fall . A recording from a recent program on Youth Substance Abuse

Prevention is available free at the Video Library through Nov. 15.

This month’s free Café program on Parent Self-Care is scheduled for Nov. 17 at noon. To register or get involved, visit