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JOIN US IN MAKING MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY FOR OUR YOUTH

My Mental Health Matters is a year-long campaign initiated by Building Beyond Barriers in partnership with LWSC Community Circle & Young Voices  Action Collective. The campaign aims to empower and equip youth and adults with the tools needed to promote mental wellness through awareness events, training and panel discussions. We encourage everyone to join us in making mental health a priority, including the emotional and mental wellness of our youth. We invite you to pledge your support and be a part of this important movement. Together, we can create a community that prioritizes mental wellness and supports those who are struggling. Youth. We invite you to pledge your support and be a part of this important movement.

WHAT WE PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH

Teen Mental health First Aid Training

Train and certify at least 2400 teens in teen mental health first aid.Young people will be prepared to provide support for their peers as well as better cope with mental health challenges themselves.

Adult Mental health First Aid Training

Train and certify at least 2400 adults in mental health first aid so that parents, caregivers, first responders, teachers, church members and others to know how to help a youth and other adults who may be experiencing mental health challenges

Educate & Empower

Educate and raise awareness about trauma and mental health through community collaborations, which include awareness events, panel discussions, media interviews and more to provide education and resources that will equip and empower us to win from within

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YOUR SUPPORT OF THE "MY MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS CAMPAIGN" IS ESSENTIAL

Whether you're an individual, entrepreneur or part of a church or corporation, your contribution can make a significant difference in the lives of those who may be experiencing emotional or mental health challenges. This campaign aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and provide training and resources that will be essential for those who require assistance especially our youth. By coming together, we can create a world where mental health is a top priority, and everyone has access to the help they need..

The "My Mental Health Matters" initiative is gaining traction worldwide, with more individuals and organizations recognizing the importance of prioritizing mental health. Here are some points to consider when supporting this campaign:

  • Mental health issues affect people from all walks of life, and it's important to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help. By supporting this campaign, you can help create a more inclusive and supportive environment for those who may be struggling.

  • The resources provided by the campaign can make a significant difference in the lives of those in need. From training services to support groups, these resources can help individuals manage their mental health and improve their overall well-being.

  • By prioritizing mental health, we can improve productivity, creativity, and overall job satisfaction in the workplace. Entrepreneurs and corporations can contribute to the campaign by implementing mental health initiatives for their employees, such as wellness programs and mental health days.

  • Small gestures can also make a big impact. Sharing information about the campaign on social media or participating in local events can help raise awareness and reduce stigma in your community.

FACE FACTS

We must recognize the significant impact of these experiences on young people's mental health—and the importance of providing the education, care and support they need. facts provided from www.nami.com

 

MUST CHOOSE TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION OTHERWISE WE ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM
 

  • Among U.S. adolescents (aged 12-17):

    • 1 in 6 experienced a major depressive episode (MDE)

    • 3 million had serious thoughts of suicide

    • 31% increase in mental health-related emergency department visits

  • Among U.S. young adults (aged 18-25):

    • 1 in 3 experienced a mental illness

    • 1 in 10 experienced a serious mental illness

    • 3.8 million had serious thoughts of suicide

  • 1 in 5 young people report that the pandemic had a significant negative impact on their mental health

    • 18% of adolescents

    • 23% of young adults

    • Nearly ½ of young people with mental health concerns report a significant negative impact

  • 1 in 10 people under age 18 experience a mental health condition following a COVID-19 diagnosis

  • Increased use of alcohol among those who drink:

    • 15% of adolescents

    • 18% of young adults

  • Increased use of drugs among those who use:

    • 15% of adolescents

    • 19% of young adults

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Ending the Stigma Around Mental Health for Young People

Removing the stigma can promote open and honest conversations about mental health, leading to better understanding, awareness, and access to resources & a willingness to seek help when need.

  • Education: Providing accurate information about mental health and disorders can help people understand that they are medical conditions and not something to be ashamed of.

  • Language: Using appropriate language when referring to people with mental health conditions can help reduce stigma. This includes avoiding derogatory terms and not using mental health conditions as adjectives.

  • Awareness: Raising awareness about mental health and the impact of stigma can help change attitudes and perceptions.

  • Empathy: Cultivating empathy towards people with mental health conditions can help reduce stigma by promoting understanding and acceptance.

  • Advocacy: Advocating for policies that support mental health and reduce stigma can help make positive change at a systemic level.

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WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT

Volunteer

Join Our MY Mental Health Matters Campaign as a Volunteer (administrator, event planner, counselor, organizer etc. Make a Difference in the others

Partner

The My Mental Health Matters Campaign welcomes partnerships with schools, nonprofit organizations, and faith communities to help increase our reach, and provide space to host events & trainings, Make it a priority for all staff to be trained and certified as YMHFA

Donate

you can donate funds as an individual or as a corporate sponsor. Any amount of donation is appreciated and helps cover the cost of training, materials, food, and event expenses for our youth. All donations are tax deductible, providing a way to support while enjoying tax benefits.

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