Feb 24, 2021

Increase in youth depression and suicide ideation

Hi Unsilence Supporter,
New research on youth mental health and suicide:
According to a recent study (link below) published by The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in certain months throughout 2020, young people have faced a significantly "higher rate of suicide ideation [...] and higher rates of suicide attempts [...]" compared to the same months in 2019.
Why did Unsilence create 'TOMORROW'?
Schools struggle to talk about suicide and mental health. Some schools even have policies that prohibit teachers from talking about suicide with students. But there are healthy ways for schools to tackle this topic. TOMORROW is an interactive story that helps teachers, school administrators, parents, and young people learn how to support community conversations about sucide and mental health in appropriate and effective ways. TOMORROW is accompanied by the teacher testimony INTO MY ARMS on which the interactive story is based, as well as BRIAN, which is a parent's beautiful and honest reflection about her son and his suicide, loss and blame, and healing through education. In her words: "Together, we can lower the rates of suicide among children and young adults. The place to start is to unsilence the mental suffering that so many of our young people experience."
Please continue to support our work:
Without you, we would not be able to create and deliver innovative programs - driven by storytelling, the arts, and serious games - that unsilence injustice. If you'd like to continue supporting our TOMORROW initiative, you can donate right here.
With sincere gratitude.



SOURCE: Hill, R. M. et al. (2020). Suicide Ideation and Attempts in a Pediatric Emergency Department Before and During COVID-19. Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. VIEW FULL TEXT: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2020/12/15/peds.2020-029280.full.pdf
Feb 16, 2021

The Sisterhood Exhibit featured on GlobalGiving

Hi Unsilence family!

FEAUTURED STORY: As our interactive exhibit to tell the stories of The Sisterhood reaches more and more people, GlobalGiving has chosen our project as a GlobalGiving featured story. The feature includes a breakdown of our process in creating the exhibit:

"Throughout the project, we created and followed a set of parameters. The first ensured that the interactive exhibit was narrated only by the mothers’ words. The second guaranteed that the curation team members, who are experts in Black women’s narratives, made all final design decisions. And the third made sure that every marginalized voice was heard clearly and that everyone was compensated fairly for their time and expertise." 

KEEP SHARING! Please continue to help the mothers tell their stories by sharing the exhibit link on social media and with your friends, colleagues, and families. 

DONATIONS TO THE SISTERHOOD: Funds through our GlobalGiving Campaign page will go directly to The Sisterhood. (Donations to Unsilence for our other projects and programs should be made through the Unsilence website: www.unsilence.org)

Again, thank you for your help and support!

We cannot unsilence without you.


Danny M. Cohen, PhD
Founder & Interim Executive Director, Unsilence


Oct 28, 2020

New Exhibit Launch: Stories of Grief and Healing

Hi there,

Building on the success of our Unsilence choose-your-own-pathway experiences -- like TOMORROW, which supports teachers to talk about mental health and suicide -- Unsilence has just launched a new online interactive exhibit.

Our new exhibit tells stories, through photographs and testimonies, of THE SISTERHOOD, a collective of mothers, all women-of-color in Chicagoland, each of whom has lost a child to gun violence. Narrated by the mothers and featuring the powerful photographs of acclaimed Chicago artist Cecil McDonald, Jr., the free online exhibit tells of how the mothers support each other in grief and take action toward justice and healing.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support. Our work is only possible because you believe in what we do. If you are able, please consider making a contribution today to support our work.

Thank you. We can't unsilence without you.



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