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.
May 13, 2015

ReachOut 2 Me: Support that Makes the Difference

ReachOut 2 Me
ReachOut 2 Me

Nonjudgmental support is more important than ever before. For Anna, it made the difference between feeling alone and finding hope. She calls it "a miracle":

I always found it difficult to talk about anything going on in my mind. My family is especially judgmental, and depression isn’t something that is considered a “real” illness in my culture.

Then I discovered the forums, a place I could discuss my feelings anonymously, and it was a miracle. The forums help me vent and hearing back from my peers that have gone through similar experiences has inspired me to keep going and keep fighting to bring awareness to mental illness. 

I believe it is important for teens and young adults to have a space like this, especially if they don’t have anyone else to talk to in their lives. 

I can not thank everyone enough for reaching out to me on the forums and making sure I was always in a good place physically and mentally. -Anna, 22 years old

Dear Friend,

Join us in celebrating ReachOut 2 Me, a campaign for Mental Health Awareness Month dedicated to the support that made the difference when times were tough.

With four powerful words - Reach Out 2 Me - we are encouraging youth and anyone with a young person in their lives to make a compassionate stand and say they are there for those who may be struggling - no judgment. 

All week long (May 11 - 17), we will be sharing these messages across Facebook and Instagram with the #RO2Me hashtag along with stories and stats that underline the impact support from peers can make. Let your freinds know that you are there for them. You will also have the chance to create more channels for young people to receive this critical support by making a donation right here on this page.

Thank you and don't forget to reach out!

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Mar 6, 2015

The Value of Listening

Youth at International Stigma Conference
Youth at International Stigma Conference

Over 676,000!

ReachOut has had a wonderful start to our year. In February alone, YOU helped us reach approximately 676,125 U.S. teens and young adults through ReachOut.com and social media sites*  Of these, there were 16,522 young people listening and being listened to in our peer-supporter forums, getting hope, connection and validation of their resiliency

*Numbers based on unique visitors to ReachOut.com, fans on Facebook, MeetMe.com, Instagram, Tumblr and, YouTube Subscribers and ReachOutinUSA Twitter and Tumblr followers.

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The value of listening:

Our ReachOut Speaker’s Bureau speaker and Peer Supporter, Daniel Caldera, spoke at the 7th Annual International Together Against Stigma: Each Mind Matters Conference held in San Francisco last week.  In his account of his experience on the Youth Speaks panel, Daniel gives us some great insight into what is the best thing to do when a friend needs help:

“After the other youth and I presented our stories we were then asked follow up questions. A question that stood out to me was, “What do you say to a friend that is in need of help?” I remember immediately thinking, “I wouldn’t say anything, I’d listen.” Throughout my experience up to this point in life I’ve realized one thing, sometimes we just need someone to listen. We are bombarded with advice daily, whether it’s what to wear, what to eat, when to study, etc. Rarely however, do we have that chance to just “release” our innermost thoughts and have them be received by another.”

You can read more of Daniel’s account here: http://www.inspireusafoundation.org/events/youth-join-together-against-stigma/

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Youth testimonials in the ReachOut Forums in February:

“I really love you guys. No matter what I need you are always here. Thank you.”- Anonymous

“Thank you so much for making the step to come on here and talk to us about what’s going on. A lot of people really think that things like this will never happen to them and suddenly they feel alone in the dark place and need a hand in order to help them climb out. I want you to know that you are not alone and we are so so happy that you were able to have a friend who offered that hand to you.”– Peer Supporter

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Final thought:

"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand." -Karl A. Menniger

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Help us reach even more youth with your donation today! Thank you for listening!

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Dec 23, 2014

Practicing Gratitude

You are AMAZING!
You are AMAZING!

Building a practice of gratitude is important for one's well-being, and we are so thankful for your donation this year. So here's a big THANK YOU from the bottom of our full hearts for your kind contribution!

Every contribution helps us connect youth to the tools they need to build resilience and withstand tough times -- tools like the powerful peer support provided by volunteers like Mackenzie, 20, a college student who joined us as a ReachOut Text Supporter last fall. She says,

"When I was in high school I definitely could have used ReachOut. I was severely depressed and I didn’t understand what was going on in my life or what was happening to me... I wish I could have been able to talk to someone who would be objective and supportive. That was all that I wanted during this time.

The ReachOut community is what I wish the world would be like. There is no judgment, and everyone is very understanding." 

If you haven't yet, please share ReachOut.com as a worthy cause with your family and friends to help give teens facing mental health struggles gifts that will last a lifetime: Hope. Connection. Resilience.  Help us bring hope through connection and get to our mini goal by the end of the year-we're almost there

We are grateful for:

Our milestones to date:

  • Reaching 15,000 young people in the Forums, who received and gave each other peer support.
  • 2.9 million US visitors to ReachOut.com.
  • Over 3000 ReachOut Text youth subscribers who received peer support from trained youth Text Supporters.

Our impact: ReachOut.com visitors are more likely than non-users to:

  • Seek professional help.
  • Develop destigmatized views of mental illness.
  • Gain mental health literacy

Social Return on Investment: Every dollar we spend on programming designed to prevent youth suicides and suicide attempts saves society $2.30 in medical and work costs. 

YOU! You really do make a difference. Thank you!

Happy Holidays from all of us at ReachOut! 

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