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Note from the Founder

As this 2020 Holiday Season rings with bells of holiday cheer; we are forced to acknowledge the pains and scars of a 10-month Pandemic as it continues to lurk in our shadows. Families across this great nation along with our global community are forced to make holiday plans via conference calls and Zoom voice and video technologies. As our nation navigates through the turbulence of our present-day times; Pandemic, gun violence, social disorder, equality, mental health challenges, Income gaps, racial injustices, Healthcare, hunger/food insecurity and climate change (injustice), just to name a few present-day challenges. We pause in preparation for this holiday season to acknowledge those who are feeling isolated, alone, depressed withdrawn and abandoned. We pause to acknowledge their needs. We take a moment to provide a listening ear, a compassionate heart and a shoulder to lean on. We pause to circle the wagons and promote awareness and prevention against a deadly and silent killer lurking in the shadows. We pause to promote awareness and prevention against any form of suicide before, during and after this Holiday Season.

Let us start by remembering those main stream media names who have fallen victim to this extreme mental disorder such as actor Robin Williams, actor Marylin Monroe, writer Ernest Hemingway and politician R. Bud Dwyer, but may we also remember the fact that a total of 321 active-duty members took their lives outside of combat in 2018, "Suicide has been deadlier than combat for the military"; as we remember our military may we also remember names such as Motivational Speaker Karyn Washington, Up and coming actor Lee Thompson Young, creator and host of the hit series “Soul Train” Don Cornelius, Seattle Rapper Freddie E (Fredrick Eugene Buhl), Def JAM Records Executive, Shakir Stewart, Kansas City Linebacker Jovan Belcher and the estimated 132 suicide victims from September 11, 2019 alone.

It is estimated that suicide has become a leading cause of death in the U.S. particularly in our adolescent to young adult community. This extreme mental disorder has been determined to be the second leading cause of death for those adolescents, young adults and veterans struggling with mental health challenges. We offer to you that our Ministers, Counselors, Psychologists (mental health professionals), Teachers and Parents must be able to both talk about it and understand the risks for these susceptible adolescents, young adults and veterans of any race. Especially in our African American Community, who are often quoted as saying, “We are too strong for such things, that’s a rich people disease, that’s a caucasian problem”.

May we Never Forget the memories of our Beloved Prince Brandon D. Britton who fell victim to this social disease on February 15, 2020. As we Cherish our memories with Brandon; we the members of Brandon's Family have given birth to this Veteran and Family founded foundation based on bridging the gaps for ministers, counselors, psychologists (mental health professionals), teachers, parents and those adolescents, teens, young adults and veterans going through depression, high levels of anxiety, loneliness and isolation. The principles of our foundation drive our efforts to build Hope and Encouragement (HAE); enabling a launch pad into a new beginning, while empowering and enabling skills for a more fruitful and productive life. The name of our Foundation is, The HAE Foundation Inc. Our primary focus is Suicide Awareness and Prevention; however, our Bylaws state our drumbeat marches to the tunes of those who need help and we support and assist in Championing many other causes. We are a new organization and have been in existence since August 4, 2020. The HAE Foundation Inc. has been recently been recognized by the United States of America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as being a true and legitimate 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization entitled to all privileges and benefits this status affords under current laws and regulations. We have put relentless work in our preparedness and stand read to unite against these social disorders. Our Battle lines have been drawn; will you Join us? Will you support our unified efforts? Please say yes by making a simple donation. We kindly accept all donations; no donation is too small.

Thank you in advance and may you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season. 2021 is on the Way and The HAE Foundation Inc is here for those who have lost their way. With Love and Integrity, we look forward to bringing light to this much needed dark and troublesome epidemic that has for too long afflicted so many of our communities across this Great Nation.

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