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.