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.
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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Jan 28, 2016

You Rock!

ReachOut Volunteers
ReachOut Volunteers

You ROCK!

You have made a difference in the lives of more than 1.8 million visitors to ReachOut.com in 2015, either by your donation (over $1000 on Global Giving in December alone!), sharing our materials or social media posts, or reading about the great work of our volunteers. You make ReachOut possible!

You are the reason we receive messages like this:  "thanks to all of you, i am still here today." - Will, 20, Forum Member

We want to celebrate our 2015 wins with you:

  • In 2015, we increased US site traffic by 107% by curating and publishing youth developed relevant content and resources.
  • In the past three years, ReachOut has trained over 80 California youth in empathetic peer support and mental health advocacy.
  • In the past year, we trained and facilitated youth volunteers to speak publicly about their mental health lived experience at a variety of venues, including the 7th International Together Against Stigma Conference and the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference.

As 2016 begins, we continue to need your support in helping ReachOut make an impact on the 30% of teens feeling hopeless each year, by providing mental health information, coping skills, peer support and building resilience.  Please consider telling your friends and family about ReachOut.com - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation.

Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!

Nicola Survanshi, MPH
Executive Director
ReachOut USA

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Oct 30, 2015

Perfectionism and youth mental health

None of us are perfect, but we can definitely try our hardest! And thanks to your support, we now have over 19,500 members in our peer-supported Forums and have reached over 538,239 youth via social media this month! Activity has picked up after the summer lull and we now have over 100 new forum members each week! ReachOut.com and the Forums are unique in the US and ESSENTIAL for encouraging help seeking and stigma reduction to help reduce the teen suicide rate in the US. 

OCTOBER'S PERFECTLY IMPERFECT FEEDBACK: The ReachOut Forums are way for young people who are going through tough times to get peer support, resources, and information. This is what some of them have said about their experiences this past month:

I have just recently started journaling which has been helping a lot. I'll try the red marker idea next time I feel like cutting and will probably call or text the helpline tonight. Thank you so much for taking the time to try and help me, I really appreciate it. <3  (19 years old)

and i will give them a call thank you its really comforting to be able to talk with someone about this it does help exspecially since i always bottle things up inside and hide my pain (18 years old)

Thank you I'm so glad I know that there are people who truly want to help and not want to make me feel worse about whats going on and want to hurt myself again. I really appraise this (18 years old)

Thank you so much, this message filled a hole in my heart when I needed to be herd. (20 years old)

SPOTLIGHT ON A FACT SHEET: Can Perfectionism Hurt You?

Trying to be perfect is good, right? In our newest fact sheet on ReachOut.com, our website for teens and young adults, we explore perfectionism and how it could lead to unhealthy thoughts and behavior.  By using techniques to identify those thoughts and reduce anxiety, you can find different ways that can motivate youself.  Check out our newest fact sheet and share it with your favorite teen or young adult: http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/perfectionism

Thank you again for your HELP and your support! If you want to help get the word out through social media, you can find us at:

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