Kenny Slaught – Highlights Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Counseling and Support Services

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services both to individuals facing terminal and chronic illness, but also to their families.

Having demonstrated continuous commitment to corporate social responsibility, the renowned California-based investor Kenny Slaught advocates for the Hospice of Santa Barbara’s projects focused on offering momentous aid and guidance to those in need. In keeping with his philosophy as a visionary philanthropist, he has advocated for one of the Hospice’s many community-centric initiatives - counseling and support services. As he strives to increase public awareness of the importance of social support, particularly for people who have experienced the loss of their beloved ones, Slaught has recently promoted the program on his blog at

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services both to individuals facing terminal and chronic illness, but also to their families. Many of the programs at the organization focus on the needs of children as they struggle with the impending or recent passing of a close family member or friend. About 20 percent of children experience the death of a loved one before they turn 18, and one in 20 children must face the loss of one or both parents before they reach adulthood. Hospice of Santa Barbara endeavors to provide individuals in these situations with free support through a wide range of programs. This support helps individuals cope with grief to avoid or mitigate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Kenny Slaught notes that many families rely on the hospice for its counseling and support services. On a regular basis, the hospice offers individual, group, and family counseling free of charge. These counseling sessions deal with a variety of issues surrounding death and dying and emphasize the various aspects of emotional, psychological, and spiritual health that are critical for individuals in these situations. For those who cannot come to the center, the hospice runs counseling sessions at several other safe locations throughout the community. Research has shown that participation in counseling sessions early in the grief process can significantly reduce the risk of unresolved grief manifesting years down the road. In addition, researchers have found that counselors specialized in matters relating to death and dying are more effective at helping individuals who have experienced a traumatic loss than general mental health practitioners.

Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes.

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