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. Copy and paste into an email the information below, add your personal reasons for supporting Minding Your Mind, and send the message to 12 of your friends.
Minding Your Mind is a not-for-profit whose primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. Their goal is to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues. Minding Your Mind programs move away from crisis-based response to prevention through education. These 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.
Research has shown that:
- One in four teens will experience a mental health issue this year, yet only 20% of those who do will seek treatment.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24
- Undiagnosed mental health issues are statistically significant among adolescents and teens who experience drug dependency or addiction
- Stigma and shame are cited as the number one reason individuals don’t seek treatment for a situational or chronic mental health issue.
Minding Your Mind’s mission is to change these statistics. They have reached hundreds of thousands of individuals with their programs, and expect to complete over 1,000 presentations this academic year. All of these are funded entirely through private donations.
Visit www.mindingyourmind.org to learn more about this organization and the important work they are doing to change the conversation surrounding mental health.