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Things you need to know

February 2021

Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters,

Three years ago – on January 27, 2018 – a vision born out of loss and love was realized; surrounded by family, friends, and community leaders, we opened the doors to Brian’s Healing Hearts Center for Hope and Healing.

Since that sunny January day three years ago, we have been honored to hold space for hundreds of people who’ve suffered an unimaginable loss.

We say ‘hold space’ because there is no prescription protocol or course of treatment for grief – and so we simply hold space for those who mourn, listen without judgment, provide a place for them…

Near, far, wherever you are, let’s be together.

December 2020

Dear Participants and Supporters of the Niantic Jingle Bell 5K,

Our committee has been working diligently to adhere to the current State of Connecticut COVID guidelines for public road races. We understand rules are constantly changing, so as of today below are some of the changes and highlights for the LIVE and the VIRTUAL race options.

Please click here for a complete list.

To help maintain a safe race environment the Niantic Jingle Bell 5K will utilize a rolling start from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.

A September to Remember

September 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As I write this, the 2020 National Suicide Awareness month is over. Despite the COVID restrictions, it’s been a busy month of spreading the message that #hopeisnotcanceled with virtual suicide awareness trainings, presentations, and fundraisers. For me, personally, emotions run high during the month of September. I am filled with passion and dedication to share the message of suicide awareness-to maybe make a difference in just one community, one family, one life, yet at the same time, there is sadness for myself and the hundreds of thousands of us who have lost to suicide.

Better Together

August 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As summer comes to an end September welcomes cooler days and a return to some sense of order in our new reality. September is also National Suicide Awareness Month and September 10 is National Suicide Awareness Day.

For myself and for the Brian Dagle Foundation, it is a month to highlight the mission of the foundation through an increase in community education, awareness, and trainings.

The Journey Continues – COVID Style

July 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

2020 is proving to be a year filled with challenges. We are being tested in ways none of us could’ve ever have imagined. It is a new decade for the world and for me! As I begin a new decade of my life, I find myself reflecting on the lessons learned and the challenges I’ve faced. Below some of my reflections, thoughts, and advice I would give to my younger self.

My Dear Ann,…

Good to See You Again!

June 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Good to see you again. The past three months have been filled with uncertainty, fear, and grief with concerns surrounding both our physical health and mental health. It is my sincere hope that you and your family have somehow managed to juggle all that was thrust upon you and today, you are safe and healthy, doing the best you possible can at this moment in time. 

We will be following the COVID-19 reopening guidelines of Connecticut as we open our doors again.

Alone Together Always

April 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe-doing the best you possibly can at this moment in time. As we pass an entire month of “sheltering in place”, I find my thoughts drifting to so many of you who have touched a special place in my heart. People who have lost a loved one and gave themselves permission to be vulnerable, sharing openly about their grief. I’m grateful to the many communities and schools that took a stand, made a difference, and started the conversation on suicide prevention and mental health.

A Message from Ann in Uncertain Times

March 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

In this world of uncertainty, we know one thing to that is constant in our lives. Change.
Currently, life and the news we hear is changing at a rapid pace. So much of what lies ahead is uncertain. Uncertainty brings fear and fear is a close friend to anxiety.

It is said that, “Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it.” For many Americans struggling with mental health or simply living in today’s scary world, the 10% rule is easier said than done. You may find yourself increasingly anxious, angry, sad, helpless.

We Live by the Three H’s – Helping, Healing, and Hope

February 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

“How can I help?” I love that phrase.  I borrowed these words from the popular television show, New Amsterdam. Each time the profoundly warm hearted Dr. Max Goodwin met someone, he would ask, “How can I help?”
Four simple words we can all live by.  

Please take a moment to look through the recently updated website at and wonder, how can we help?

Saying Hello to a Year of Hope and Healing

January 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Welcome the the Brian Dagle Foundation. I’m glad you found us. 

Maybe you are here because someone in your life has died and you’re left wondering,”how do I survive”? Perhaps you want to support someone who is grieving and wondering what do I say?

Did your search bring you here because you or someone you care about is struggling with mental health or even thoughts or suicide?

Jingle All the Way!

December 2019

Dear Friends and Supporters,

It’s that time of year again when all the Elves, Grinches, and Santa’s will dressed in their holiday best, lacing up their sneakers to walk or run for a great cause-the Brian Dagle Foundation’s 6th Annual Niantic Jingle Bell 5K.  

Exciting news to share this year. Everyone is a winner! Every person who crosses the finish line receives our specially designed Niantic Jingle Bell 5K finisher medal! 

A Message of HOPE

November 2019

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. — Emily Dickinson

Recently, I spoke about hope. It seems to be front and center in my life lately. On October 19, the Brian Dagle Foundation celebrated five years of “Anchored in Hope”. It was both a celebration and an opportunity to honor and thank all of the people who have given me hope.

Special Grief Support Events

September 2019

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Brian Dagle Foundation — anchored in hope and empowered to support, is dedicated to the healing of grieving adults as well as community education on suicide prevention and awareness.

We are pleased to offer two workshops to support those who are grieving.
Understanding Your Grief and a Meditation Workshop. 

My How We’ve Grown!

August 2019

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Brian Dagle Foundation is almost five years old. The official date stamp on the IRS Letter of Determination (501(c)3), is September 14, 2014.

My how we’ve grown! And, with growth comes change. The mission, although it remains the same, the words are now clear and heartfelt, “anchored in hope and empowered to support”.