Team-Bri, a Northern California-based triathlon team, raises awareness and funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness California (NAMI-CA) to support NAMI-CA’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program with the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies.
The CIT program works with law enforcement and provides education, training and assistance to aid officers in a situation when they encounter a person experiencing a mental health crisis, as law enforcement faces these situations daily.
Due in part to Team-Bri's efforts, NAMI-CA has helped train over 9,000 CHP and other peace officers from all over California.
Team-Bri is named after Brian Lungren, Jr., who grew up in Squaw Valley/Lake Tahoe California an exceptional athlete, free-skier, mountain biker, surfer, soccer and baseball player, and overall all-star competitor. His talent landed him roles in ski-action films and coverage in snow-sports publications at a young age.
In his teens, Bri experienced the onset of mental illness, which took him away from many of the sports and activities that made him so happy. Throughout that time, Bri encountered law enforcement on numerous occasions, but those encounters never resulted in harm to either Bri, or an officer.
Bri’s family credits the outcomes of those peaceful encounters with the willingness of those law enforcement officers to become familiar with Bri as an individual, with Bri’s family; and, familiar with identifying when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis.
Though he is not competing in sports anymore, Bri serves as the virtual Ironman coach for his father, Brian Sr. and his sister, Alanna. At Bri’s urging, his father and sister competed in the 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoe/Ironman Lake Tahoe 70.3, and the 2016 Ironman Vineman and raised over $40,000 for NAMI-California.
Ironman Santa Rosa is Team-Bri’s next challenge!
Contributions in Team-Bri’s name on behalf of NAMI-California are being raised through the Ironman Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Bri continues to receive treatment for mental illness in Northern California and he and his family believe that Recovery is Possible.
Please visit Team-Bri’s Facebook, Instagram and Website to learn more about our cause and donate.