INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts are proud to announce Mike Dunn, a Carmel, Ind. resident, as a 2014 honoree of the Colts Anthem Angels program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Dunn will be recognized at the Colts home game this Monday, September 15, 2014, for his outstanding contributions to the community.Mike Dunn is the Director of the Crisis and Suicide Intervention Service at Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis. The organization's 24-hour Crisis Line receives over 20,000 calls per year from individuals seeking assistance and/or support. Mike, as the only full time staff member, answers many of those calls along with a small team that consists of one part-time staff member and varying numbers of trained volunteers. Mike's duties as a first respondent extend beyond answering phone calls and texts, for he recruits and trains volunteers, comforts volunteers after a rough call, and educates the community about the Crisis Line; in the process, he provides both assistance and inspiration to numerous members of the Indianapolis community.
Mike was described by a co-worker as not only a supervisor or manager but also as "the center of the Crisis Line's success in so many ways." His tireless dedication to his work is admirable. The co-worker reports, "Many nights Mike sleeps with his laptop next to his head" ready for a notification at any hour. She continues, "When faced with so much stress and so little sleep, most of us would crumble and fall. Mike stands strong, proud of his work, willing to do whatever he can…He is truly the definition of what it means to be an angel to our community.""Anthem Angels…Honoring Everyday Heroes" was established by the Indianapolis Colts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to pay tribute to Hoosier "First Respondents" who may have received little or no recognition for the strides they have made to help others in human-service related professions.*
In honor of Dunn's heroism, he will receive four (4) VIP Club Seat Tickets to the Colts game, a feature story with his photo in the Colts gameday magazine (the *Scout) and on www.colts.com, as well as on-field recognition at the game.Nominations are currently being accepted for upcoming 2014 home games. For more information about Anthem Angels, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, please visit: www.colts.com/anthemangels.