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The mission of the Brett Thomas Doussan Foundation Nonprofit Corporation is to raise mental health awareness by means of advocacy, education, and music. Through our endeavors in the Greater New Orleans area and across the Gulf South, we hope to keep the legacy of our beloved friend, Brett Thomas Doussan, alive in the community that fostered his deep passion and appreciation for music.
1. Tell me a little more about The Brett Doussan Foundation.
When we lost Brett to suicide five years ago, it was a huge shock to everyone who knew him. Several family members and friends got together to start a foundation to help others who were suffering in silence. We held our first fundraiser one year after Brett’s death to kick start the foundation, and we were blown away by the outpouring of support. Before long, the foundation was growing and making a difference. We support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the mental health services of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, the behavioral health unit of Children’s Hospital, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). An annual award scholarship in Brett’s name has been funded for a Music Therapy graduate student at Loyola University. We also hold Music for Mental Health Concerts to foster mental health awareness and to help remove the stigma often associated with mental illnesses. Our newest project takes Music for Mental Health workshops into area schools.
2. When did the foundation start?
About four-and-a half years ago. We hold two major fundraisers each year, a golf tournament in the spring and a volleyball tournament in the summer.
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4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
The foundation has been a way to channel the tragedy of our experience of losing Brett and to focus the energy in a positive direction for our community. I think the journey has helped us become our best selves while helping others.
5. Lagniappe Info.
Our next event is called Battle of the Sands will be held July 27th at Coconut Beach. Join us in raising mental health awareness and funding for resources in the Greater New Orleans area and Gulf South region by joining us in the sand for a day of friendly beach volleyball competition, live music, slip n’ slide fun, good food, a parade of prizes, raffles, and much more!