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Donation from Octo will allow Longmont nonprofit Rise Phoenix Rise to distribute motivational book

"The donation enables Rise Phoenix Rise to reach a broader audience of mental health peers who receive support through its one-on-one and group programs."
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Government contractor and IT company Octo of Reston, Virginia, has provided funding for mental health nonprofit Rise Phoenix Rise, Inc. to distribute free copies of "Get Happy, Dammit: Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World" written by Octo employee and award-winning author Katherine Gotthardt.

The donation, made through Octo’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee, enables Rise Phoenix Rise to reach a broader audience of mental health peers who receive support through its one-on-one and group programs.

The book is made up of short essays, exercises and poems that explore two elements of happiness — inspiration and motivation — and offers techniques to develop both while improving quality of life.

Gotthardt, who hails from Bristow, Virginia, along with Rise Phoenix Rise's Executive Director Traci Jones of Longmont, is running a free, corresponding 11-week online discussion group to further support Rise Phoenix Rise's mental health initiatives and bolster readers’ understanding of the chapters. Gotthardt also offers a Facebook group for anyone interested in building motivation and inspiration.   

“We are extremely grateful to Octo for supporting this effort,” said Jones who is a certified peer recovery specialist. “Especially during a time when people are feeling more disconnected and facing greater financial difficulties, this donation really helps. The fact that the book is written by one of their employees also speaks to the way Octo supports their staff’s volunteerism outside of work hours and their commitment to corporate social responsibility. We’re very impressed and appreciative.”

“I want to formally thank the folks at Octo who made this happen,” said Gotthardt who is also a professional writer in Octo’s marketing department and has a background in adult education. “There are so many people struggling. When we band together like this to share tools and support, we have the power to reframe, refocus and refresh, things we all need to do, especially now. We’re fortunate (Rise Phoenix Rise) is there to help guide people through that journey,” CEO of Octo Mehul Sanghani said. “Octo is pleased to support the great work RPR is doing, and we’re even happier that the author is one of our own. We wish (Rise Phoenix Rise) the best as they continue to deliver quality mental health programs.”

Headquartered in Longmont, Rise Phoenix Rise is a nonprofit serving mental health peers in Colorado and Virginia. Visit for more information. For more information on the book, visit