Celebration of Heroes donates $100,000 to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services and partners to launch Health Heroes Support Group Program


IRVINE, Calif., June 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Orange County, CaliforniaNew York-based Celebration of Heroes partners with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, the nation’s premier suicide prevention center and leading provider of mental health and suicide care, to provide counseling and support for local frontline healthcare workers who have suffered and sacrificed their well-being throughout the pandemic.

The launch of the Healthcare Heroes Support Group Program was announced at the Heroes Celebration Gala Dinner by the event’s co-founder Douglas Freeman, by Didi Hirsch CEO Jonathan GoldfingerMD, MPH, FAAP and Didi Hirsch Board of Directors of Directors Executive Vice-President Melissa Riversactor and advocate for suicide prevention, on Saturday April 30, at the Westin Anaheim Resort. The evening’s honorees included the scientists who discovered, developed and deployed life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, as well as everyday heroes who are making a difference in their communities.

Freeman announced the $100,000 Don. Surplus funds raised from celebratory gala sponsors will be used to promote and offer virtual support groups and counseling for healthcare workers across Orange Countyensuring that those responsible for caring for others receive the support they need to remain resilient and effective.

Didi Hirsch Experts recently set up a trauma-informed support group for frontline health workers and first responders to look after their well-being, whose mental health has been largely overlooked. In 2020, a Mental Health America study found that 93% of healthcare workers suffered from stress, 86% from anxiety, and 76% from exhaustion and burnout. Additionally, 75% of health workers have been overwhelmed in recent years – experts agree that the Covid-19 pandemic is a setup for health worker suicide. With these alarming statistics, resources and funding are essential. The Healthcare Heroes Support Group Program will offer virtual support groups and counseling across Orange County.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially tough on our healthcare workers, who have bravely stepped through the breach putting their health and their families at risk to help those with the disease,” said Douglas Freeman, co-founder of Celebration of Heroes. “The resulting stress, anxiety, fear and other strong reactions often strained their mental well-being. Our alliance with Didi Hirsch will allow them to receive the help they need and cement a legacy for the celebration. We are indebted to our generous sponsors for helping to make this initiative a reality.”

“Supporting our healthcare heroes has never been more critical, as more than half of physicians know a peer who has considered, attempted or died by suicide,” Dr. Goldfinger said. “As we celebrate 80 years of service, Didi Hirsch constantly innovates to bring immediate support to those in need. Through this partnership with Celebration of Heroes, the Health Heroes Support Group will make a real difference in the lives of these deserving members of our community when they need it most. »

Didi Hirsch Crisis Counseling’s licensed clinicians will help healthcare heroes cope, build resilience, and develop strategies to protect themselves. Licensed clinicians will also provide individual and family teletherapy to healthcare professionals dealing with depression, anxiety, severe stress, and/or suicidal thoughts, attempts, or losses.

For more information, visit didihirsch.org/healthheroes and celebrationofheroes.com

About Celebration of Heroes

The Celebration of Heroes is the result of two long-standing collaborations Orange County philanthropists, Douglas Freemanwho, with the President Ronald Reagancreated National Philanthropy Day and Charlie Zhanga naturalized American citizen who escaped nearly penniless as a communist China at 24 and went on to build several multi-million dollar businesses. They created the celebration to honor the scientists who discovered, developed and deployed life-saving COVID-19 vaccines and the public-nominated everyday heroes who made a difference during the pandemic. The celebration culminated in April 2022 with an unprecedented press conference and public roundtable with scientists from the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering’s Beckman Center on the UCI campus, irvine and a gala at the Westin Anaheim Resort attended by nearly 600 guests. Charitable Ventures of Orange County (www.charitableventuresoc.org), a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under Tax Codes 501c3 and 509a2 serves as the fiscal sponsor of the celebration. For more information, visit www.celebrationofheroes.com.

About Didi Hirsch

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has been a national leader in holistic mental health and crisis care for 80 years. Its first suicide prevention center in the country operates several 24/7 English/Spanish hotlines, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline which becomes 988 in July 2022the National Disaster Hotline for those emotionally hurt by natural or man-made disasters, a new line diverting LAPD 911 calls disproportionately connecting young Black and Latino men to care, as well than the Teen line and the LAUSD line. by Didi Hirsch highly specialized experts also offer outpatient therapy and medication management, crisis counseling and support groups for people with suicidal thoughts, attempts or loss, and suicide prevention training for students, teachers, clergy, police and first responders. Didi Hirsch serves more than 165,000 children, adults and families each year in 10 facilities and nearly 100 schools across Los Angeles and Orange counties. Learn more today at www.didihirsch.org.

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