LifeAct and University School Class of 1985 host the 26th Annual Links for Life Golf Outing
LifeAct ‘s 26th Annual Links for Life Golf Outing will once again raise critical funds to support their lifesaving mental health programming for middle and high school students.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio – Now celebrating its 29thyear of saving young lives, LifeAct, with the support of the University School Class of 1985, presents it’s Annual Links for Life Golf Tournament on June 21, 2021 at Kirtland Country Club. The funds raised from this outing have never been more critical, as in the wake of COVID-19, 7 in 10 teens are struggling with their mental health, according to a survey by National 4-H.
Since its inception, the Links for Life Golf Tournament has raised more than $2 million that have directly benefited students right here in Northeast Ohio. As Links for Life Golf Committee Chair Bill Hasler notes, “The tournament provides critical funding to enable LifeAct to offer their lifesaving program at no charge to schools or educators. Meanwhile golfers and participants are able to enjoy the beautiful Kirtland Country Club course – a true win-win for everyone involved.”
Based in Chagrin Falls, Ohio LifeAct seeks to reverse the staggering increases in suicide in teens by igniting a conversation around the importance of mental health with its award winning, evidence-based school programming for both middle and high school students. The program educates teens on how to manage stress, recognize the signs of depression and how to reach out to access the tools to help themselves and others. LifeAct empowers them to take the steps towards a healthy and productive life. Last COVID-shortened school year alone, more than 23,000 students at more than 174 schools participated in the lifesaving LifeAct program. Additionally, LifeAct provides resources and tools for families, students and educators to learn how to initiate mental health conversations with adolescents and teens.
Community West Foundation, a longtime supporter of LifeAct’s programming, serves as the Eagle Sponsor for the event. Golf and sponsorship opportunities are still available, and more information can be found at lifeact.org/golf. As LifeAct’s CEO, Jack Binder, notes “Thanks to our generous community, LifeAct is able to reach nearly 25,000 students each year, at a pivotal point in their adolescence. The lasting consequences of not addressing mental health issues early in a child’s life could negatively impact their ability to lead fulfilling and healthy lives, and we are grateful for the continued support of the Links for Life Golf Tournament.”
LifeAct was founded in 1992 in Cleveland, Ohio by Lyman H. (Tim) Treadway, who lost his son to suicide. LifeAct’s mission is to prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of suicide in themselves and their peers, and to seek professional help. Our program is delivered by trained, credentialed instructors through our in-school educational programming to middle and high schoolers. Last school year alone, more than 23,000 students were reached, and more than 2,800 came forward for help after attending our program. Funded through a mix of private and public support, the LifeAct program is offered to schools throughout 16 counties in Ohio free of charge, so that every child, in every school, is able to hear the program's lifesaving message.