The journey to mental health is a challenging road for patients and their supporting families alike. Enduring the pain. The struggle to find answers. The weight of this journey should not be endured alone. Like a dragonfly’s flight is light and adaptable, the mission and vision of The Connie J Klanica Foundation is to alleviate the burden and offer support to those in need. The Foundation is a not for profit organization built to create positive change and hope in the darkest of times through advocating awareness, supporting patients and their families undergoing treatment and raising funds for research. The Foundation was established to continue on the selfless and loving nature of our beloved Connie J Klanica. Connie taught us all to give selflessly, love unconditionally and to help without question. Her graceful spirit is the guiding light for change by which this Foundation will work to support the journey from awareness to well being.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses roleplaying and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. An evidence-based training, Mental Health First Aid is managed by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
This training is sponsored by the Jared Coffin Memorial Fund and the Connie J. Klanica Foundation.
Future Session to Come.
Who We Are
The extended Sienkowski and Klanica families started this foundation in memory of Connie Joan Sienkowski Klanica; our beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. It is in her memory that we hope to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from depression and mental illness.
Husband of Connie, Managing Partner of Swingbridge Capital
Niece of Connie, Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College
Sister of Connie, Office Manager at Wolfy Dental Group
Thomas A. Sienkowski Jr.
Brother of Connie, Owner of New Concepts Plumbing and Heating
Sociology and Human Services Professional
About Connie J Klanica
Connie Klanica spread joy and kindness within her family and community. She doted over her loved ones and always put others before herself. She was a natural caretaker and was always willing to give a helping hand often going the “extra mile” to help others. Connie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and toasting over a glass of wine. Her favorite color was purple which she often wore. She connected to dragonflies because of their symbolic nature of change and was always on the lookout for dragonflies and other signs that angels and loved ones were near. She loved to laugh and had a way of making people feel special through her thoughtful gestures and loving words. She is eternally loved and forever missed.
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