World Mental Health Day is this week and that’s a special day for us at Our Minds Matter.
While World Mental Health Day is on a Saturday, the battle for fighting the stigma against mental health is daily. Last fall, the CDC released a report stating a 56% rise in teen suicide from 2007 to 2017. In response to COVID-19, experts are warning of a future suicide and substance abuse epidemic.
OMM uses an upstream suicide prevention model that is in over 65 schools nationwide that encourages students to seek help for themselves and friends. OMM promotes social connectedness and the development of healthy habits and coping skills – which are so critical right now. Our clubs and student-led movement make a difference because they empower teens themselves to make a difference.
Today, we are announcing a matching donor program in honor of World Mental Health Day so please give in support. Up to $1,000 will be matched so you will be making double the impact on your gift. We would love to reach $2,000 during this week so that we can maintain our programming and push to bring our clubs online so that students can still connected while staying physically distant. Please spread our message and help build a future where no teen considers suicide. You can make a difference here.
Let’s make World Mental Health Day more of an everyday expression. Take care of your mental health today and every day!