We are incredibly proud to count the below organizations as our partners in striving to promote open and honest communication about the mental health challenges teens and young adults face in today’s society.
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation (JED) is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. JED equips teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other; partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs and systems; and encourages community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.
Samaritans, Inc’s mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.
As part of their Community Education and Outreach program, Samaritans hosts free workshops on suicide prevention at middle and high schools, colleges and universities, corporate offices, elder care facilities, and gatekeeper organizations across Greater Boston and MetroWest. Workshop participants learn about building resiliency, dispelling myths, identifying someone at risk, and helping someone in crisis.
With a focus on youth, Samaritans has presented to schools such as Boston College High School, Boston International Newcomers Academy, Landmark School, Northeastern University, Bunker Hill Community College, and many others. Learn more about Samaritans’ free suicide prevention workshops at https://samaritanshope.org/our-services/community-education-and-outreach/.
Active Minds (www.activeminds.org) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education among young adults. Through award-winning programs and services, Active Minds is empowering a new generation to change the conversation about mental health. Our signature programs include the Send Silence Packing® backpack exhibit for suicide prevention and the Active Minds Speakers Bureau. Powering the Active Minds movement is a vibrant network of campus chapters located at more than 500 colleges, universities, and high schools nationwide. Read about Active Minds’ evidence-based impact here.
Kognito is a health simulation company that harnesses the power of role-play conversations with virtual humans to improve social, emotional, and physical health. Their evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention simulations prepare K-12 and higher education educators, staff, and students to recognize when a student may be struggling with psychological distress, talk with the student about what they’ve noticed, and if necessary, make a warm handoff to support services. Learn more at kognito.com.
Minding Your Mind
Minding Your Mind (MYM) is a prevention-focused mental health education foundation with the goal to end the stigma and destructive behaviors associated with mental health challenges, encourage youth to get help, and ensure that those around them are equipped to provide support. MYM works to increase help seeking behavior, adaptive coping skills, and resiliency by cultivating a culture of compassion, openness, and advocacy. To date, MYM has completed over 5,500 presentations, and reached more than 715,000 individuals. MYM offers a continuum of school and community-based programming for youth and young adults, parents and caregivers, and professional development for school personnel.
- Young Adult Speaker Program: Students hear stories of hope and recovery from young adult speakers who successfully and productively cope with their own mental health challenges. Participants learn about stigma and how to ask for help for themselves or a friend.
- Just Talk About It: Designed for adult audiences, a clinician and young adult speaker provide an engaging and educational presentation about mental health with guidance about how to identify a mental health concern and how parents/caregivers can respond. This workshop is available in Spanish.
- P.R Gatekeeper Training for Suicide PreventionThis suicide-prevention training teaches individuals how to manage a crisis situation when someone is actively experiencing suicide ideation.
- Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness: Participants learn how to support the development of social emotional and/or mindfulness skills to decrease stress and anxiety and improve behavior, attention, and well-being while creating a calmer and more compassionate school, home, and community environment.
To learn more about Minding Your Mind, visit www.mindingyourmind.org