Mission: The Minding Your Mind Foundation leads initiatives to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among adolescents in middle and high schools as well as college students. Our outreach programs enlighten families and educators about the warning signs so often masked by normal adolescent behavior and promote open dialogue in schools and at home to encourage families to seek appropriate help.
Target demographics: schools and groups in the Northeast, especially middle school, high school, and college students
Direct beneficiaries per year: 60,000
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: Speaker Program (provide free young adult speakers to schools and groups), Funding Research (at University of Pennsylvania), Community Outreach (spread our message and resources to the community), Annual Forum (provide free mental health education to the community)
Having been thru tough times during my youth, I see an organization in Minding Your Mind created by the pure of heart, run by the conscientious and served by the target audience who desperately need us. All too often we attribute a plethora of actions in our youth as growing pains when in reality many young adults are silently suffering. This program allows the individual to come forward without shame to express their deepest feelings in a safe, positive manner whilst becoming proactive to encourage, foster the most positive paths. It brings light to so many who are hurting in a darkness no one should have to endure. Minding Your Mind has helped to create a community of sharing, kindness and practical resources. I am highly impressed with this program for helping to lift the stigmas to get to root issues for a better tomorrow for us all.
It's time for all of us to pay attention if we honestly want a better, healthier world.