The Kyle Hyland Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) public charity established in 2015. The KHF serves a vital need in the community and the organization is the only one of its kind, not only in Benicia but in many other surrounding cities. Benicia is a small town where teens have few places to go to gather and support each other. While some improvements have been made in the level of mental health services provided by local school districts, many teens in trouble often struggle to find the support they need. Parents with at-risk teens also encounter difficulty finding the help they need, with few local resources or referrals. The stigma of mental illness remains with little to no understanding in the general public. As a result of this lack of support and resources, youth continue to battle anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. The programs of the Kyle Hyland Foundation are designed to provide a full range of support for youth including mental health programs and other services for youth as well as a teen center in the city of Benicia. In 2019, we served over 180 teens.
Kyle was born in Vallejo but had always called “Benicia” his home. He was a Junior at Benicia High School and an accomplished musician that played in multiple bands. In the most recent years prior to his death, he played keyboard and sang background vocals with his band, “Noah’s Ark”. Kyle also played guitar and ukelele. His other interests included snow skiing, skateboarding, camping, golfing, riding rollercoasters, and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the BHS Key Club, a former soccer player for Benicia Youth Soccer League and was a BYSL referee. One of Kyle’s favorite things to do, other than music, was to just clown around and make people laugh. He had a unique ability to make people feel better when they were sad, troubled or upset.
Kyle had suffered with depression and anxiety since the age of 14. Kyle was hospitalized in early 2014 for suicidal ideation. He had been in therapy since that time but lost his battle with depression on December 22, 2014 when he completed suicide.
Kyle was part of a close and loving family. He was well-loved and had many close friends in the community. He touched the lives of many and will be sorely missed.
Suicide is a tragedy that many parents believe could never happen in their family. Kyle’s death is proof that this is just not true. It can and does happen to the closest of families. Mental illness is not selective. No one is immune. It is an illness just like any other and sometimes can be fatal.
Music was a huge part of Kyle’s life and thus, we freely offer a place and equipment for teens to express themselves through music at the Hyland Teen Center of Benicia. We need to be able to bring some good from the tragedy of Kyle’s death. He often complained “there is nothing to do in this town!” We think he would be happy with what we have accomplished.
1135 Church St, Benicia, CA 94510
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The mission of the Kyle Hyland Foundation for Teen Support is to provide charitable and educational support to teens by offering mental health programs and other services, and to maintain a center where teens can be provided emotional support through mentoring, counseling music, and art.
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