It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of Stephany Bryan, our Communities of Care Program Officer with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Communities of Care is an initiative that supports collaborative approaches to wellbeing in the greater Houston Metropolitan Area, with a focus on children and youth of color and their families.
The Hogg Foundation released a statement yesterday announcing the news of Stephany's passing. We've pasted the announcement below.
Stephany was deeply committed to the mission of Communities of Care and brought a big heart and “realness” to all of our discussions as a learning community. She will be greatly missed, but we will continue this work with the passion, dedication and focus that Steph modeled to us throughout our time together. In seeking to honor her, we will be steadfast in our commitment to serving those who have been historically excluded from opportunity.
As we gather more information on ways to celebrate and honor Stephany’s legacy, we will share those with you. In the meantime, we are sending warm thoughts and prayers for Stephany’s colleagues at the Hogg Foundation and her loved ones.
This has been a tough week for many dealing with the difficulties brought on by extreme weather, power outages, and damage to homes and property, all in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. It is doubly tough with this unfortunate loss.
It is with profound sadness that the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health announces the recent passing of Stephany J. Bryan, senior program officer and consumer & family liaison for the foundation since 2008. She died on Sunday, February 14, 2021 from COVID-related complications.
For mental health advocates, consumers and family members as much as for the Hogg Foundation itself, the loss of this champion of mental health is devastating. Though others will undoubtedly carry the torch, she will never be replaced. Her intelligence, hard work and deep passion for others will be missed.
As much as a mental health pioneer, Stephany was a dear friend and colleague. The foundation will be saying much more in the weeks to come about her life and work, as well as celebrating the example she set for others. In the meantime, our hearts go out to her loved ones and family, as well as all of those working in mental health throughout Texas and the nation who will feel the impact of this loss.