Hundreds Run to Support Teen Suicide Prevention Efforts

The Ryan Bartel Foundation held its seventh 5K We’re All Human Color Run on Sunday to raise awareness of and funding for its teen suicide prevention programs.

“We started this seven years ago after we lost our son to suicide and we decided that we really didn’t want any other families to go through what we had gone through,” Suzie Bartel told the crowd before the start of the race.

More Teens Reporting Mental Health Concerns Due To Pandemic, Lockdown

When the school year started last fall, many teens found themselves struggling with mental health issues as they were thrust back into their classrooms following two years of isolation. "The pandemic had a really huge impact on their lives," said Val Walters, executive director of the Ryan Bartel Foundation. "They're social beings. They thrive on that social connection, and that was ripped away from them. And just as it started, it ended and we put them back into school."

Rotary Club of Leesburg Makes 2 $10K Donations

The Rotary Club of Leesburg recently donated $10,000 each to two local nonprofits selected as the beneficiaries of the club’s annual Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament. The grants were presented by outgoing Club President Bruce Roberts to representatives of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and its Loudoun County Chapter “Roots Grow Wings” and The Ryan Bartel Foundation, a youth suicide prevention organization.

Setting Teens up for a Lifetime of Positive Mental Health

The Ryan Bartel Foundation partnered with Brambleton’s own psychologist and “teen whisperer” Dr. Cam Caswell (Dr. Cam) and Ofosu Jones-Quartey, a mindfulness professional, to create a 12-week series of workshops uniquely for teens to help them cope with depression, anxiety, loneliness, and low self-worth.

Ryan Bartel Foundation, Delivering Hope, Help and Strength to Teens

Connectedness, acceptance, positivity, and hope… Teenagers today are in such dire need of these basic elements for good mental health. The Ryan Bartel Foundation, a Loudoun County nonprofit, delivers exactly what they need to achieve positive mental health and wellness. (Page 18)

Loudoun Impact Fund distributes $105,000 in grants to 12 area nonprofits

The Loudoun Impact Fund, a group of individuals and businesses based in Northern Virginia who cooperate in collective grantmaking, issued $105,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving Loudoun County in December, according to a statement issued by the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

The Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), Loudoun Hunger Relief, Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, All Ages Read Together, A Farm Less Ordinary, Women Giving Back, ECHO, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, the Ryan Bartel Foundation, Insight Memory Care and Crossroads Jobs all received a portion of the $105,000, the Community Foundation said.

Color Run Supports Suicide Prevention Efforts

In September, during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Ryan Bartel Foundation will host its We’re All Human 5K Color Run both in person and virtually.

Ryan Bartel Foundation Announces New ‘Fairways for Hope’ Golf Tournament

The Ryan Bartel Foundation, a Loudoun County-based nonprofit whose mission is to prevent youth suicide, has announced the new Fairways for Hope Golf Tournament, to be held on April 26 atLansdowne Golf Resort.

Bartel Foundation Launches New Series of Teen Mental Health Workshops

The Ryan Bartel Foundation, a Loudoun County-based nonprofit whose mission is to prevent youth suicide,is launching a series of 12 new online FORTitude workshops designed to help teens ward off negative thoughts andempower them with essential life skills and habits for a lifetime of positive mental health.

Bartel Foundation expands FORTitude for Teen Mental Health

The Ryan Bartel Foundation has extended its FORTitude programs through July to give teens a chance to connect.

Val Walters of the Ryan Bartel Foundation offers guidance during a trying time

The coronavirus pandemic is providing a tumultuous time for teens who were already facing many challenges. The Ryan Bartel Foundation has created ways to reach teens who would normally come to "The Fort," their community space.

The Times-Mirror sat down with Walters -- virtually -- to discuss her new role with the Ryan Bartel Foundation and how they are handling this challenging time.

Color Run raises more than 24K for programs to prevent youth suicide

More than 300 runners and 100 volunteers participated in the fourth annual We're All Human 5K Color Run Sept. 29 at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville. The event was hosted by the Ryan Bartel Foundation.