Minding Your Mind’s primary objective is to provide mental health education to students in kindergarten through college, and to the adults in their communities. Our goal is to end the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues. By increasing help-seeking behavior, Minding Your Mind programs move away from crisis-based response to prevention through education.
Our educational programs provide information regarding signs and symptoms of mental health issues, in addition to stressing that they are treatable and treatment is available.
- Mood disorders have been identified by the World Health Organization as the third leading cause of disability worldwide.
- Research from SAMHSA reveals that 1 in 3 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 experienced a mental, behavioral, or emotional health issue in the past year.
- USDHHS estimates 49.5% of adolescents has had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.
- National Alliance on Mental Health reports that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
- Research studies have demonstrated that over 90% of people that die from suicide have one or more psychiatric disorders at the time of their death.
- The second leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 14-23 is suicide.
- Stigma and shame are sometimes the greatest barriers to treatment for a mental health challenge.
Since the age of onset of most psychiatric disorders is typically during adolescence, it is essential that the proper information be brought to the attention of educators, counselors, students and their parents and caregivers. Minding Your Mind offers programs for students, teachers, faculty and the community at large.