The Rite Aid Foundation Designates Minding Your Mind a 2020 KidCents Charity

The Rite Aid Foundation has selected Minding Your Mind to participate in its 2020 KidCents program, which annually supports a select group of nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves.

“We are honored to be among the organizations selected by The Rite Aid Foundation to participate in the 2020 KidCents program,” shares Trish Larsen, executive director of Minding Your Mind. “It is incredibly rewarding and reaffirming of our mission to have a foundation of this stature recognize Minding Your Mind for the work we are doing to end stigma around mental health and increase help-seeking behavior in our children and teens. We are so very grateful.”

In addition to being selected as a KidCents charity, Minding Your Mind will receive a $5,000 grant, which will be used to bring mental health education to organizations that otherwise would not have access to these programs. This is the fifth year that Minding Your Mind has been selected to be a KidCents charity and the recipient of a generous grant from The Rite Aid Foundation.

The Rite Aid Foundation welcomed a total of 481 nonprofits to its 2020 KidCents class – its largest class ever.

The number of KidCents charities has more than doubled since the program’s inception in 2014, when 204 nonprofits comprised the inaugural class. Over seven years, The Rite Aid Foundation has contributed a total of more than $34 million to KidCents charities across the country, thanks to members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, rounding up their in-store or online purchases to donate to KidCents.

“More than 3 million Rite Aid customers actively choose to make meaningful contributions to help children in their communities through KidCents. The program’s growth is a testament to their generosity and commitment to building safer, stronger and more supportive communities for youth across the country,” said Jessica Kazmaier, president of The Rite Aid Foundation and Rite Aid chief human resources officer. “The 2020 KidCents class has the opportunity to prove that change adds up exponentially, and we look forward to helping them achieve their goal of giving kids better lives and brighter futures.”

For a full list of KidCents charities and to learn more about how Rite Aid’s wellness+ rewards members can support charities in their own communities, please visit www.kidcents.com.

 

About Minding Your Mind
Minding Your Mind was incorporated in 2007 in response to the void of mental health education available to teachers and students in Pennsylvania. Since that time, its reach has extended beyond the classroom to communities, professional associations, and workplaces. Its speakers have been invited to the White House and the United Nations, as well as featured on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, CNN, and ESPN. Minding Your Mind’s goal is to break the silence around mental health conversations, move away from crisis-based response to prevention through education, and end the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health challenges.  To learn more and support this mission, visit www.mindingyourmind.org.

About The Rite Aid Foundation
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $68 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

About the KidCents Program
Through the KidCents program, which is The Rite Aid Foundation’s charitable giving program dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid services, members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to KidCents. Members can also choose to direct their change to a specific KidCents charity by visiting www.kidcents.com. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation is on the front lines of delivering health care services and retail products to over 1.6 million Americans daily. Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned to engage with customers and improve their health outcomes. We provide an array of whole being health products and services for the entire family through over 2,400 retail pharmacy locations across 18 states. Through EnvisionRxOptions, we also deliver pharmacy benefit management to approximately 1,900 clients and 3.4 million members. For more information, visit www.riteaid.com.

Minding Your Mind Presents Mental Health Education Program at Aon Empower Results Day

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Minding Your Mind participated in the Aon Empower Results Day with a 90-minute presentation designed to educate adults on basic mental health issues and how they impact daily life in the workplace, at home, and during interactions with others.

Sheila Gillin, LCSW and clinical director for Minding Your Mind, opened the discussion with information about the most common causes and effects of stress and anxiety, negative and positive coping skills, the symptoms of depression, what is considered a crisis, the warning signs most often associated with self-harm and suicide, and how to help someone who is experiencing a mental health issue or crisis.

Sheila was followed by Kelly Moriarty, one of Minding Your Mind’s Young Adult Speakers. Kelly shared her personal story of lived experience with a mental health issue and life in active recovery, providing relatable instances of how her negative thoughts turned into feelings of self-loathing that became negative actions and addictive behaviors. Once she entered treatment, learned the language necessary to express her feelings, and recognized that she wasn’t alone and help was available, Kelly began her journey of recovery that has brought her to live a happy, healthy life complete with self-care and hope.

Following their presentations, Sheila and Kelly led an active and insightful Q&A with Aon’s colleagues and spent time one-on-one with individuals who had further comments or questions.

Aon is a global professional services company that provides risk, retirement and health consulting. Aon has approximately 500 offices worldwide, serving 120 countries with 50,000 employees. In 2011, Aon was ranked as the largest insurance broker in the world based on revenue.

To learn how to bring one of Minding Your Mind’s Corporate Wellness programs to your workplace, please contact Andrew Onimus, director of corporate programs, at andrew@mindingyourmind.org or (610) 642-3879.

Minding Your Mind’s hosts at Aon Philadelphia, pictured with MYM team members (L-R): David Bennink (Aon), Douglas Wheeler (Aon), Sheila Gillin (MYM), Marissa Marschall (MYM), Kelly Moriarty (MYM) Barry Weiner (Aon), Jack Reich (Aon), Judi Santarelli (Aon).

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MYM Speaker Drew Bergman a Finalist for 2016 Philly Health Hero

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Minding Your Mind’s very own Drew Bergman is one of four finalists for the BeWellPhilly 2016 Health Hero challenge!

He is the only finalist whose platform is directly related to mental health. If Drew wins this challenge, it will bring much-needed attention and awareness to the importance of making mental health as much of a priority as physical health.

You can use this link to read about Drew, watch a video of him speaking about his advocacy, and vote from October 24 – November 7, once every 24 hours. We hope that you will consider taking the time to show your support of our amazing speaker and his mission to change the conversation around mental health. He already is a hero in our eyes – let’s make it official!

MYM’s Melissa Harrison Speaks with Fox29 Good Day about “13 Reasons Why”

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The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” has been a popular topic of conversation among adolescents, teens, and their parents all over social media since its premier on March 31. The show is based on the novel of the same name by Jay Asher, which tells the story of Clay Jenson and his experience in discovering why his friend and crush, Hannah Baker, ended her life by suicide.

The series has been praised by some for raising the issue of teenage suicide and providing a starting point for parents and children to have some important conversations. In contrast, it has been criticized by some mental health advocates and groups that it may glamorize “revenge suicide” and does not address the mental health component that is present in 90% of suicides.

Minding Your Mind’s Melissa Harrison, MA, LPC, founder of The Center for Hope and Health in Ardmore, PA, participated in a segment on Fox29 Good Day that discussed the program and spoke to the topic at hand. Please use the link below to watch:

4.19.17 Melissa Harrison on Fox29 Good Day discussing “13 Reasons Why”

 

Our friends at the Jed Foundation and SAVE have put together important talking points that you can use to support these discussions. Please follow this link to review them, as well as download and print to keep on hand:

https://www.jedfoundation.org/13-reasons-why-talking-points/
It is Minding Your Mind’s mission to provide educational programs that will spark conversations about mental health. It is our hope that within the dialogue taking place as a result of this program the message that nobody is alone and there is help available is one that people make a priority in these discussions.