Inspire USA Foundation

The Inspire USA Foundation, doing business as ReachOut USA, is a national nonprofit organization based in San Francisco with a mission to help youth strengthen mental wellness though technology-driven resources and peer support. Working directly with teens and young adults, ReachOut designs and delivers innovative technology-based services which promote mental health and prevent suicide.
Oct 20, 2016

Depression Awareness this October

October is Depression Awareness Month

  • 11.01% of youth (age 12-17) report suffering from at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year.
  • 7.4% of youth (or 1.8 million youth) experienced severe depression. 
  • Youth mental health problems are on the rise, and 6 out of 10 young people with major depression do not receive ANY mental health treatment.

         Excerpts from Mental Health America’s annual report on annual State of Mental Health Report Oct 2016.                    

ReachOut.com has many fact-sheets and real stories that give youth support and resources to get help. As October is Depression Awareness Month, here are some highlights from one of our most visited pages (http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/depression-causes-types-and-symptoms):

Depression is a mental disorder that is more severe and longer-lasting than normal sadness. Depression interferes with other aspects of your life, like work, school, or relationships. With the right kind of treatment, many people can overcome it and lead happy, healthy lives.

Common symptoms across all types of depression include:

  • Sadness that won’t go away;
  • Boredom;
  • Feeling irritable or anxious;
  • Loss of interest in usual hobbies and activities;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Irregular sleeping habits;
  • Unexplained outbursts of yelling or crying;
  • Reckless or risky behavior like alcohol and drug abuse.

Everyone feels or acts like this from time to time. But for people experiencing depression, the feelings might be more severe and constant-they don’t go away over time and they’re not easily explainable. There are different types of depression, each of them have their own symptoms, causes, and treatments. 

If you think you or someone you know might be experiencing depression, talk to your doctor, counselor or other mental health professional. These professionals can help you sort through your feelings, make a diagnosis, and provide you with the support for managing your depression.

Depression management and treatment: http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/depression-management-and-treatment-options

Myths and misperceptions on depression: http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/setting-the-record-straight-about-depression

Real teen story of living with depression: http://us.reachout.com/real-stories/story/jess

Please help!

Please share this report to raise awareness, share these resources with youth who might need it, or donate to ReachOut to continue to add resources, real stories and facts sheets for youth who are in need of help.

Thank you for your continued support! You ARE making a difference!

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Jul 22, 2016

New collaboration in Oregon!

ReachOut volunteers
ReachOut volunteers

ReachOut’s Oregon Suicide Prevention project:

After our 4 ½ year project collaborating with the California Mental Health Authority on youth mental health with online forums, text lines and training lived-experienced speakers, we're now working with Oregon's Health Authority!

This year, ReachOut USA, in collaboration with Lines for Life and Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon, will provide project direction and management for the development and planning phase of the Oregon Health Authority’s Strategic Planning Initiative to Prevent Youth Suicide in Oregon.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Oregon youth and the suicide rate among adolescents aged 10 through 17 years has increased since 2011. The plan is for ReachOut to provide the online component of the three pronged strategy: we provide community forums and supports facilitated by peers, Lines for Life Provide crisis intervention services by text, online chat, phone and email and Youth Move provides the in-person drop-in centers throughout the state.

We’re still in the planning stages of this project, but we will keep you updated with how things are going.

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Here’s a new video about ReachOut that we’ve just created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpOp5zoRosQ

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We hope that you are having a good summer!  Here are some relevant ReachOut summer fact sheets that might be helpful for the youth in your life:

How to Maintain a Positive Body Image This Summer: http://us.reachout.com/blog/how-to-maintain-a-positive-body-image-this-summer

Love the Skin You’re In: http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/body-image-love-the-skin-youre-in

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Thank you for your ongoing support of ReachOut!

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Apr 26, 2016

Even as Suicides Increase, There is Still Hope

ReachOut is Hope
ReachOut is Hope

After today's tragic report from the CDC of the climbing suicide rates in the US, ReachOut.com is needed now more than ever as a place for teens and young adults who are going through tough times to get support. In the words of this 19 year old user:

When I first joined [ReachOut], I was alone, scared, depressed, and angry. Then I started looking around, and I realized that there were so many other people that were feeling the same way. I'm still feel alone, scared, depressed, and angry sometimes, but when I do, I come here and I let people know what's on my mind, and it helps.

ReachOut.com is built on the premise that we all go through tough times, and those times can seem even darker for teens and young adults struggling with mental health issues. 1 in 5 US teens suffers from a serious mental health condition, and half of them don't get the help they need. In 2015, ReachOut.com saw over 2 Million US visits, that's a 100% increase from the previous year.  

We know teens and young adults need the info and support we're offering - and your donations and help spreading the word will continue this effort. There is hope. We need your help. Please consider making another donation today, or telling your friend, family or colleagues about us. 

Thank you!

Michelle and the ReachOut team

ReachOut Impact
ReachOut Impact

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