Raise your Voice for Brady

Old Bridge Local 127 helps provide support for mental health treatment

Law enforcement officers work tirelessly every day to protect others from harm. That harm can include fires, gun violence or reckless drivers — all dangers that you can see.

But there’s a silent danger turning into an epidemic: mental illness.

Old Bridge Local 127 is continuing its work to provide help with the silent danger. On Aug. 25, Old Bridge Local 127 presented the local nonprofit “Brady’s Voice” with a donation of $1,000.

“Brady’s Voice” was founded in honor of Brady Elbaum by his parents Scott and Michelle. Brady took his own life last year, and now Scott and Michelle are looking to educate youth about mental health challenges and suicide prevention.

Brady’s Voice is an approved 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to helping young people cope with mental health challenges and preventing suicide. The organization aims to educate schools, students and families on the warning signs of suicide, provide access to resources and support and promote a culture of openness and support for those struggling with mental health challenges.

Additionally, “Brady’s Voice” looks to end the stigma around mental health, promoting open conversation.

The first annual “Brady’s Walk” took place on Sunday, Sept. 10, filling Old Bridge High School’s gym in an effort to avoid the rain.

“Brady Elbaum is no longer here,” Old Bridge Local 127 President Vinny Galgano noted. “But his spirit, hard work ethic and love for Bruce Springsteen live on with the help of Local 127.”

For more information on Brady’s Voice, please visit http://www.bradysvoice.org