Kay and I have been overwhelmed by your outpouring of love since Matthew’s tragic death. You are true friends, especially with the vitriol from haters we’ve received. Friends show up when others walk away.
If you missed what happened, click here to read my letter.
In this life we seek to find causes that we can be passionate about, but sometimes causes find us. Kay and I did not set out to be spokespeople for mental illness, but the struggles through the years with our son, Matthew, and his subsequent death have now put us in that position.
In trying to help Matthew we realized two things, first, there are very few long-term residential facilities where people like Matthew and their families can get the help they need and second, most churches are not equipped to support families who are dealing with mental illness. Two things we would like to support with the Matthew Warren Fund are long-term residential facilities for people with mental illness and a set of resources and tools that churches can use to help families deal with mental illness.
You’ve asked, “Is there anything we can do to help you?”
The answer is yes! We could use your help right now in THREE PRACTICAL WAYS:
1. Sign a petition that urges educators, lawmakers, healthcare, and congregations to raise the awareness and lower the stigma of mental illness, and also to support families that are dealing with mental illness on a daily basis. Thanks for adding your voice!
2. Offer your help and prayers to those around you who are caring for mentally ill family and friends. They need your encouragement more than you realize
3. Fight mental illness with an online gift on this site. Your gift is tax-deductible. Or, you may mail a check to:
New Horizons Foundation
C/O Matthew Warren Fund
4570 Hilton Parkway, Ste 203
Colorado Springs, CO 80907