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The Stephanie Goetz Foundation: Empowering Mental Wellness

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On Tuesday, Stephanie Goetz launched The Stephanie Goetz Foundation. In 2002, Goetz's brother Cameron took his life at the age of 19 after a year-long battle with depression.

 Stephanie created this foundation in her brother's memory. The foundation will provide a Triage therapist in the schools who will identify youth who are struggling with mental illness. These Triage therapists will work with the children, their families and therapists to provide the child with the correct mental health care.  They will also help defray the costs of mental health services, transportation and needed medication. And they will work with educators, administrators, coaches and other school staff to train and educate them to identify adolescents in their schools struggling with mental illness.

 The Stephanie Goetz Foundation has formed a partnership with the Dakota Medical Foundation to be able to serve the people of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. In collaboration with Fargo Public Schools, the Stephanie Goetz Foundation will be launching a pilot program at Lincoln Elementary, Carl Ben Eielsen and South High School, and hope to expand to West Fargo, Moorhead and beyond.

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