Keep up to date on all Brian Dagle Foundation news and events

May 2022

As the daffodils are bursting to life all over Niantic, we have been busy with LAX2LIVE games around Southeastern Connecticut. Connecting with high school and college students to share about suicide prevention is one of my favorite things about the work that we do and it’s a special way to remember Brian by sharing his love of lacrosse with another generation of players.

We have so many games this year, it’s difficult to keep up! Check out our social media for photos from all the different schools.

April 2022

“Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,

This day arrives each year with the anticipation beginning about a month before when the calendar turns to March 2nd. Regardless of the number of years, the hesitation, the anticipations begins again, counting down to April 2nd. This year would have been a milestone year.

This year on April 2nd, Brian would have celebrated his 30th birthday.”

February 2022

Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,

“Open your heart as often as you need to.” I read this quote four years to the day on which we opened our hearts to yours at Brian’s Healing Hearts. Four years ago, January 27, 2018. On that glorious sunny January day I was filled with emotions – love, joy, kindness, and, yes, that bittersweet sadness whispering why it all happened.

End of the Year Message from Ann

January 2022

Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters

In the final weeks of 2021, like most of us, I find myself reflecting on this past year. Honestly, I’m still processing the incredible growth and milestones the Brian Dagle Foundation has accomplished over the past twelve months. 

A Reminder for You, through the holidays…

December 2021

Ready or not, here they come. They’re here, the Holidays. For so many grieving, this is a painful time of year. The messages of the most wonderful time of year and good cheer are enough to bring us to tears.

Keep the Conversation Going

November 2021

Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters-

We’re grateful you are here, although for many of you, we’re sorry you’re here. Chances are you discovered us through your loss. And now, we are walking this journey together as we navigate the wilderness of grief and loss, searching for the roads of healing and hope. Perhaps you learned about the Brian Dagle Foundation from a suicide prevention training, or from an event.  We welcome you all to come along on this journey.

Better Together

October 2021

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As I’m writing this, Suicide Awareness Month is almost over. The good news is that currently the number of suicides during the past few years, overall has decreased.

The bad news is that certain categories such as race and ethnicity, have seen an increase in suicides. It’s also important to note that in 2019, there were nearly 2.5 times as many suicides (47,511) in the United States as there were homicides (19,141).

Need to Know News of the Month

September 2021

Dear Friends and Supporters,

This is a first for us. Two newsletters in one month. But there is so much happening this month we felt it warranted an extra mailing during this extra important month- Suicide Awareness Month, to share all the special events, programs, and fundraising opportunities available to our community. 
We hope you will join us, support us, and be our ambassadors of hope in helping us to create awareness for suicide prevention and mental health.  

Let’s Talk About It!

August 2021

Dear Friends and Supporters,

September is Suicide Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity to educate ourselves on a subject we tend to avoid. 
Suicide Awareness and Prevention is a core part of the mission of the Brian Dagle Foundation which was founded in 2014 after the loss of my 19-year old son Brian to suicide. Back then, in 2011, there was little or no conversation about mental health and suicide. I did not know then what I know now. If I did, maybe my life would look very different.

Welcome to our Safe Space

July 2021

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Welcome. Whatever reasons brought you here, I’m glad you’ve arrived. Many of you are traveling the long and winding road of grief and loss. Others are seeking support, understanding, and conversation surrounding mental health and suicide awareness. Or maybe you’re just curious about who we are and what we do!

An Invitation to Remember

June 2021

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic in March of 2020, the 9 Southeastern Connecticut towns that comprise the Ledge Light Health District have collectively lost 284 residents to Covid-19 (as of this writing). While there has been a national time for remembrance of those lost, commemorative events have yet to take place on a local level in most states/cities/towns.

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”.