Current programs we facilitate to positively impact the youth and our community.
Since our founding in 2010, we have grown from a 5K fundraiser into a key mental health organization. We believe that through proper education and awareness, we can stop the stigma surrounding mental health empowering our youth and community members to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness or distress and receive the support they need. Our key initiatives allow us to provide more opportunities to increase awareness about mental illnesses and resources, while also providing educational and resiliency programs for our community. While each initiative is different in design and implementation, they all have one main goal–to STOP the stigma and START the conversation.
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Signs & Symptoms.
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- Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
- Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
- Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
- Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
- Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
- Contemplating or thinking about suicide
- Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
- Very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (ex: crying regularly, feeling fatigued, feeling unmotivated)
- Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or gain
- Out of control, risk taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others
- Drastic changes in behavior, personality, sleeping habits
- Withdraw from friends, family, and regular activities
- Violent or rebellious behavior, running away
- Unusual neglect of personal appearance
- Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork
- Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomach aches, headaches, fatigue, etc.
- Not tolerating praise or rewards