The Nick Bales/BTR Foundation consists of helping support teens suffering from mental health issues and aiding in the prevention of teen suicide. The Foundation takes a non-traditional approach because mental illness is not the same for everyone. Therefore, BTR supports a variety of unconventional therapies, including animal therapy, outdoor therapies and more.

If we can help to erase the stigma of mental health and save just one life, BTR has succeeded. We are proud to sponsor the annual Nick Bales/BTR Scholarship.

In loving memory of Nick Bales.

Proudly Partnering with:

Mile High Rescue (MHR) is dedicated to saving the lives of horses from auction, slaughter, abuse and neglectful environments. They strive to improve equine well-being for a positive and healthy future, in a permanent forever home. Their approach to rehabilitation is through support and positive training techniques by taking our time and allowing our horses to recover and learn at their own pace. It is through education that they aim to strengthen the community, share knowledge and create long-term solutions for equine neglect, surrender, and unwarranted euthanasia.

info@milehighrescue.org • 720-773-2647​

Kyndfulness is a daily practice using volunteering, intentional acts of kindness, and gratitude to bring awareness to the impact you make on others and the positive mental state created by serving others. When you volunteer at Project Helping, you make an impact, both on you and your community. Through volunteering, you actively invest in your community while reaping the mental wellness benefits of volunteering. Volunteering has immediate health benefits like improved mood and reduced stress. But did you know it also has long-term benefits? When you volunteer once a month for an average of three hours, there are long-term health benefits. At Project Helping we select the most impactful and engaging volunteer projects and then we make them incredibly easy to sign up for.

info@projecthelping.org • (303) 551-0624
Volunteers Share Their Stories — And Why YOU Should Consider Volunteering!

"Through Gestalt Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Family Intensives, and Relational Horsemanship, my goal is to help create beautiful relationships. For over 40 years I have been successfully guiding clients and students toward a more authentic and empowered way of living. I offer therapy sessions, parenting and human development classes, and a variety of therapeutic and horsemanship workshops (single and multi-day) throughout Colorado and the Front Range. I also travel throughout the US and various countries teaching, facilitating intensive therapy, and working with horses and their people. Many I speak with share that they desire more connection with themselves and those they love, more connection with their horse, and more connection with the natural world. I have dedicated my life to facilitating the recovery and deepening of such relationships. My passion and gift is providing a path for this to occur, so take a deep breath, and let us begin on this path together..."

dueyfreeman@gmail.com • 303-810-5066

Through counseling and training programs, Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado provides and promotes animal assisted psychotherapy to facilitate healing for all people in need and for rescued animals. Their mission is to promote the mental and emotional health of individuals and families in Colorado and around the world by providing professional, research-supported Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP) with rescued animals to people of all socio-economic backgrounds. We also aim to increase the knowledge and ethical practice of AAP through our international training and Certification program for mental health professionals and students. Their trainees are critical partners who help expand the knowledge and use of AAP in their communities and worldwide. Their AAP programs are well known and respected worldwide by psychotherapists, counselors and higher education therapy programs.


Denver Music Institute is a place where learning to play an instrument or fine tuning your voice to create beautify music will and can become a coping skill to escape the pain that comes with everyday mental health. Denver Music Institute teaches you anything from voice training, guitar, piano, drums, violin, bass, guitar, brass and wind lessons. Find your passion with DMI.
Denver Music Institute (DMI) originally a radio station in the 1970s, then becoming the Denver Music Institute in 1999, DMI has been a staple in Denver and surrounding areas for local musicians. Starting July of 2016, business partners, Alan Currens and Dana Wield took ownership of DMI with a vision in mind “to create performers, empower musicians, and give professionals tools to elevate their craft.”

randy@denvermusicinstitute.com • 303-788-0303

At Movement Counseling + Wellness, we create personalized treatment plans for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and other obstacles that impede everyday life. Our wide range of services, including individual and group counseling, animal-assisted therapy, acupuncture, personal training, and academic support, engages our clients in a holistic journey to recovery. We acknowledge that life stressors affect not only the mind, but also the body; we encourage our clients to participate in movement-based techniques, whether in or out of session. Our collaborative, whole-body approach promotes health and well-being to guide our clients towards empowerment and positive transformation in all areas of their lives.


Broad suicide prevention education and awareness are important in every community. Second Wind Fund focuses on targeting a different part of prevention - treatment! Their unique program provides an avenue for obtaining actual treatment services for at-risk children and youth by breaking down financial and/or transportation barriers. Second Wind Fund has built an innovative program that matchs children and youth ages 19 and younger, who are at-risk of suicide and don’t have the means or adequate insurance for the necessary mental health treatment, with a licensed therapist in their local community or potentially via teletherapy.


Helplines and Apps

Notok App - please note that this app is free and will reach out to the people you assign to help you in a crisis or need someone to talk too. All you need to do is add your trusted contacts and when you need them you push the red button and it will immediately start to reach out to your trusted contacts. I love this app and I know you will too!

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partner Peer Line - Call 1-844-493-8255 then press *  (Important to know about this hotline. You will speak to a peer who also experiences mental health. Most are not licensed therapist, but actual peers who want to help because they too are or have been in your shoes. They will not call the police or turn you in. They simply want to help you because they understand where you are).  Please give them a call if you need help.  There may be a wait, but its worth it! I enjoyed talking to them!  

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1 (800) 273-8255  

Crisis Text Line - text “itsok” to 741741

The Trevor Project an LGBT Lifeline - 1 (866) 488-7386


Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can’t cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they’re important to be aware of.

• Mental disorders, particularity mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders.
• Alcohol and other substance use disorders
• Hopelessness
• Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
• History of trauma or abuse
• Major physical illnesses
• Previous suicide attempts(s)
• Family history of suicide
• Job or financial loss
• Loss of relationship(s)
• Easy access to lethal means
• Local clusters of suicide
• Lack of social support and sense of isolation
• Stigma associated with asking for help
• Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
• Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of personal dilemma
• Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and internet)


Please understand that some don’t show any signs and some may only show one of these signs. The important thing we can do is ask them, “Are you ok, because if you’re not, that’s ok. I’m here for you and I’m a great listener and will not judge. I want to help you. You’re not alone”.

• Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
• Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
• Acting anxious or agitated: behaving recklessly
• Sleeping too little or too much
• Withdrawing or isolating themselves
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
• Extreme mood swings

2020 * The Nick Bales BTR Foundation 501(c)(3) EIN: 83-2959554