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Mission: The Fred Lang Foundation seeks to aid individuals to find the “hope for a brighter tomorrow” through effective behavioral health and addiction treatment. Funds raised by the Foundation will be used by Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to provide services in Charlotte County and to grow an endowment fund to assure continued services.
Vision: A community where everyone has access to mental health care that changes – and saves – lives.
Without the Fred Lang Foundation’s assistance, some children, teens, adults and families might not be able to get the help they need.
The Fred Lang Foundation is named for Fred Lang, a former minister and late husband of the late Margo Lang, a retired Charlotte County school psychologist who made it her mission to increase the availability of mental health services to Charlotte County children and adults who can least afford them.
The Fred Lang Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of our community’s leaders from various professional backgrounds who are committed and dedicated to following the Foundation’s mission. They strive to bring “hope for a brighter tomorrow” through fundraising, donations and endowments to provide treatment at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care for Charlotte County’s children, adolescents, adults and families.
Programs Fred Lang Foundation funds:
Zero Suicide Program- The Zero Suicide program provides suicide prevention and education throughout Charlotte County, including: teaching “Signs of Suicide” middle and high school intervention programs to all 7th and 9th graders in Charlotte County; providing up to 5 free sessions of suicide survivor (postvention) counseling to all survivors – this is also available to first responders; and printed English and Spanish suicide prevention materials.
In addition, the Foundation provides funds for:
- a part time master’s level therapist at our Children’s Unit at the Crisis Stabilization Unit.
- a Specialty Summer Camp Program at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. This summer camp will allow 25 children seen at CBHC to attend this specialty summer camp for expressive arts and dance.
- a part-time Walk-In Therapist for immediate access to services at CBHC.
- a Violence Prevention Program for the angry, at-risk teen – for example, kids who are bullied and may be at risk of self-harm. Program shows a proven reduction in anger, but focuses more on direct effect on self-harm and suicide prevention.
- a Trauma Treatment Program. Many adults in crisis have been significantly affected by childhood trauma, or other lifetime traumas. In fact, research indicates that anywhere from 60-80% of those with Mental Health or Substance Use Disorder diagnoses have been exposed to some form of sexual, emotional, or physical trauma.