Bauer Fund names 2017 grant recipients
Dr. Bill and Mary Ella Bauer and their daughter Maddie are proud to announce the 2017 Bauer Fund grantees.
The awards are in honor and memory of their son and brother, Grant, who passed away from suicide in 2014. The J. Luce Foundation sponsors The Bauer Fund as one of its many initiatives to create a better humanity and world.
The awards, which will be announced yearly on the anniversary of Grant’s passing (Sept. 5) are to be used for promotion, prevention and/or research in the areas of suicide awareness and prevention, mental health issues, and or program development for people with intellectual disabilities.
Grant had just turned 25 and, in the minds of his family, had his whole life ahead of him. He loved reading, swimming, and music and had the ability to make people laugh. His smile was infectious. Grant would not want his friends and family to continue to ask “Why” but instead to ask “How can we spread his kindness, laughter and love”. How can we help? How can we make a difference?
The Bauer Fund promotes the use of R.A.K.’s (Random Acts of Kindness) throughout the year but is primarily focused on the #Grant Day (Sept. 5) and Grant Week (Sept. 5-12) which according to the James J. Luce Foundation, is now established in his memory. ) The James J. Luce foundation promotes young global leadership impacting positive social change and the NGOs that support them, particularly in the fields of the Arts, Education, and Orphan Care.
The Bauer Fund support includes micro-grants and ‘spotlighting’ through social media and the Foundation’s Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness, which features original and aggregated content. Last year the Luce Foundation declared Sept. 5 be internationally known as Grant Day and promote the use of Random Acts of Kindness all over the world.
The 2017 inaugural awards recipients are: National: TEENLINE Suicide Prevention. TEEN LINE was created in 1980 by a group of mental health professionals who, through their personal work with teenagers, realized that a more inclusive approach to adolescent mental health was needed. After extensive research and consultation, TEEN LINE was born.
TEEN LINE is based on the premise that when a teenager has a problem, they often seek help from their peers. Many teens think their parents can’t possibly understand what’s happening in their lives and that their friends might laugh or abandon them. TEEN LINE provides a safe, confidential place to talk things out with another teen who can understand and will listen, but not judge.
TEEN LINE is recognized throughout California and nationally as a trusted resource about adolescents. TEEN LINE has been utilized as an expert by every Los Angeles area television news program – KABC, KCBS, KNBC, KCAL and KTTV News. Television appearances and radio interviews also include: The Today Show, Larry Elder Show, Michael Jackson KABC Radio, KNXT radio, Good Day L.A. on FOX, KTLA Morning News and many others.
TEEN LINE was featured in a documentary E! Investigates Teen Suicide hosted by Laura Ling that aired several times nationally and internationally eliciting calls and emails from teens worldwide. TEEN LINE was a consultant for HBO’s “A Deadly Secret” and has appeared in numerous magazines such as Seventeen, Teen People and YM. Panelists from our Teen Suicide Prevention Outreach were featured on the MTV award-winning music video for the rock group, Good Charlotte’s hit “Hold On”. TEEN LINE was featured in the documentary LIVE LIFE AND WIN! for TV. Teens have also been interviewed for the Santa Monica Daily Press, Patch.com, Catalyst Magazine and ABC.com.
TEEN LINE has been widely recognized for service to young people through numerous commendations, citations and awards, including the Angel of Peace Award from The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the National Peer Helper’s Association’s 2005 Program of the Year Award. Certified by the American Association of Suicidology (1-800-SUICIDE)
Regional: The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County “The Washington County LOSS” (Local Outreach for Survivors of Suicide) is a local initiative founded and lead by LeeAnn Price. This vital resource is for survivors of suicide loss, who are themselves at risk for mental health problems and suicide. The Washington County LOSS Team is called upon by law enforcement agencies following a death by suicide to provide postvention support and referrals to the person’s family and friends. “Postvention” refers to activities which reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide.
Researcher and Luce Fellow: Neil Tournoux is a recent graduate of Capital University’s Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program. His interest in psychiatric nursing became clear after beginning clinical rotations in this field. He felt such a strong pull towards this field that he requested to be placed in a psychiatric behavioral health unit for the following semester to fulfill his preceptorship requirements. Neil became the university’s first nursing student to complete his preceptorship in this specialty.
“The department worked hard to find me a preceptor in my area of interest. I feel grateful that they allowed me to pursue this field because it further validated that I could make an impact with this population, which I feel is incredibly vulnerable and underserved. There has long existed a stigma about mental illness and many people are not willing to talk about it because of the shame associated with it.
In addition to Neil’s professional interest in psychiatric nursing, he feels a strong personal connection to this population. The youngest of three siblings, Neil witnessed the hardships of mental health in his older brother Shane’s experiences with bipolar disorder growing up.
“I watched Shane struggle with depression from the time he was in middle school, when he first attempted suicide,” Neil said. “I was only in fifth grade at the time, but I felt very shaken because there did not seem to be any warning signs. Shane was popular, athletic, intelligent, and overall didn’t exhibit any signs leading up to the event. Over the years he would move from doctor to doctor, going on and off different medications. He would eventually be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In August of 2012 Shane completed suicide.”
Neil was drawn to this field because he felt like he could utilize his strengths of empathy and interpersonal communication. “So much of communication is nonverbal. I feel like I am getting better at understanding not just what the patient says, but what they mean. I can’t say for sure if Shane had a nurse that he felt truly listened to him. I hope to be this resource to all my future patients.”
Neil currently works as a nurse at Ohio State University’s psychiatric hospital on the adolescent unit. He has plans to further his education in the future by becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is deeply honored and grateful to be the recipient of this scholarship by the Luce Foundation and Bauer Fund.
Last year’s recipients
The Fountain House, which successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. It was founded in New York City in 1948 with the belief that people living with mental illness can be active participants in their own and each other’s recovery.
Mid-Ohio Valley Learning About Addiction (MOVLAA) was initiated in 2016 as a result of the rising opiate and heroin epidemic in the area. The MOVLAA has two distinct goals: To gather and disseminate quality information about local addiction resources and services and to bring addiction awareness to the Mid-Ohio Valley through community outreach.
Brendan Adkinson a graduate of Marietta College. Adkinson has a two-year research position within the laboratory of Dr. Alan Anticevic, Co-Director of Yale University School of Medicine’s new Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, & Neurogenetics. The laboratory harnesses the combination of task-based, resting-state, and pharmacological functional neuroimaging, as well as computational modeling approaches, in order to mechanistically understand neural circuit dysfunction in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.