Ashley Offerdahl had just finished her pre-med education when her life was tragically and suddenly cut short by a blood clot. Inspired by Ashley’s drive to heal, her loved ones poured their support into the Children’s Home Society of Florida – ultimately providing safe and healthy mental health treatment to nearly 400 kids last month in Northwest Florida.
CHS and the Offerdahl family are recognizing the legacy Ashley left behind five years ago on May 29.
A former tutor and mentor for CHS, Ashley is now the namesake of the organization’s counseling program. The Ashley Offerdahl Counseling Program provides safe and healthy treatment to local kids, teens and parents with mental health challenges.
HERE’S WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT: A staggering 20% of children in Florida are living with untreated mental health needs. Both Santa Rosa and Escambia county officials report a shortage of mental health services and concerns regarding access to services for vulnerable populations – including children. The Ashley Offerdahl Counseling Program through CHS provides counseling in multiple avenues and formats to better reach and meet the needs of local families. CHS counselors are available in-home, in-school and even over-the-phone with new telehealth video counseling and telepsychiatry programs.
Make a gift in honor of Ashley’s legacy below or contact Leah Harrison for more information or ways to get involved.