Speaker Drew Bergman featured in SAVVY Mainline

We are so grateful to Caroline O’Halloran at SAVVY Main Line for her generous coverage of Drew’s powerful story. We are so proud of all of our speakers for the work they do and the truths they tell every single day. They change – and save – lives. Please take a moment to reach her article covering Drew’s story, his commitment to the work we do at Minding Your Mind, and the Celebration of Life that he brought to Philadelphia to continue spreading the message of hope.

The full article can be found here- http://savvymainline.com/2016/05/18/prep-12-drew-bergman-telling-teens-bluefin-bala-delsette-debuts-ardmore-waiting-willows/

MYM Featured in Sarasota’s Herald Tribune

More great news from Minding Your Mind’s Florida dispatch! Our expansion to Florida, specifically Sarasota and Manatee Counties, took a HUGE step forward this week. We were invited by the School District of Manatee County to have a speaker present to its middle school and high school principals. MYM speaker Carl did a great job telling his story and providing info on our programs. The principals saw for themselves the impact of our speakers and what their students can expect; many immediately expressed an interested in hosting a MYM speaker during the 2016-2017 school year.

A reporter from Sarasota’s Herald Tribune attended an afternoon community presentation and wrote a wonderful article titled “Tending to mental health at a tender age”, about her experience at the presentation and the work that MYM is trying to bring to Sarasota and Manatee counties. Click the link below to read the whole article!


Giving Tuesday: The Giving Pyramid

Way to Give #3: The Giving Pyramid


Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world. These architectural masterpieces were built using millions of individual blocks. When these individual blocks were put together with a solid base and balanced growth, it created a strong, stable, monumental structure, many of which have lasted thousands of years – and counting!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday. Please consider making a donation to Minding Your Mind in whatever amount is comfortable for you. There is no such thing as a gift that is “too small” or “too big” when it comes to Minding Your Mind. As you can see, when your brick is put together with other bricks, the result is monumental.

Giving Tuesday: Talk, Tag, Tweet

Way to Give #2: Tell 12 Friends About Minding Your Mind7196e759-1e8b-4a0b-93b3-ddf7681abe34

Why 12? Every 12 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies by suicide. Over 90% of those individuals have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Changing the conversation about mental health has the potential to change the statistics about suicide. #BeTheOne to ignite this change.

Use Giving Tuesday to spread the word about Minding Your Mind.

Minding Your Mind strives to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors associated with mental health issues. Education is the key to any type of change in perception or behavior. Our programs are for students and the adults in their lives to learn ways to identify symptoms, assure them they aren’t alone in their feelings, and provide language they can use to ask for help.

Here are some facts to share about Minding Your Mind:
– Over the past eight years, Minding Your Mind has grown to become the largest provider of in-school mental health education in Pennsylvania.
– Minding Your Mind is on track to complete over 1,000 presentations in over 500 schools during the 2015-2016 academic year.
In a statistical study of our programs conducted by the Scattergood Foundation, students reported a significant increase in their perception of mental health issues and their willingness to seek help for themselves or a friend after hearing a      Minding Your Mind presentation.
Minding Your Mind’s educational programs are provided free of charge to the schools and community organizations that request them.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday. On that day, there will be a post on our Facebook page, on our Twitter feed, and in our Instagram account that we ask you to use to Tag, Tell, Talk, or Tweet to 12 other people about Minding Your Mind, and encourage them to do the same. Conversation and awareness can shine a light on the darkness of stigma and give hope to those who need help.

Giving Tuesday: Pay Up to Dress Down

Way to Give #1: Organize a Blue Gene Day at Your Place of Business


On Giving Tuesday, show your support for Minding Your Mind by holding a dress-down day at your job. Let everyone know that for a donation made to Minding Your Mind, employees can wear jeans to work on Giving Tuesday, 12.1.15.
Encourage participation by sharing information with all your coworkers about the important work that Minding Your Mind does to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues by providing educational programs free of charge to schools and communities.
Here are a few facts that you can share:

One in four…one in four teens will experience a mental health issue this year.
20%…only 20% of those who do will seek treatment.
#2…suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24.
12…every 12 minutes, someone in the U.S. attempts suicide.
90%…over 90% of those who die from suicide have an undiagnosed mental disorder.
Untreated mental health issues are statistically significant among adolescents and teens who experience drug dependency or addiction.
#1…stigma and shame are the number one barriers to treatment.

Minding Your Mind’s mission is to change these statistics. We have reached hundreds of thousands of individuals with our programs and expect to complete over 1,000 presentations this academic year. All of these are funded entirely through private donations.
Giving and comfort, all while giving comfort…the true spirit of the holiday season.
If you are interested in organizing a Blue Gene Day, please contact Maura Wheeler, maura@mindingyourmind.org, for more information on how to get the ball rolling.

September 2015

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