Chile has the highest rates of youth suicide in Latin America; and according to national research by Todo Mejora and UNICEF Chile LGBT children suffer the grunt of school based discrimination, and are 2X more likely to be absent. They are 4 to 8 times more likely to commit suicide than their straight counterparts. Public services -health & education- are not set up to respond since officials lack knowledge, educational resources & skills to protect the most vulnerable. This is untenable.
In 2016, Todo Mejora has focused its energy on: a) providing technical assistance to better government policies and programs; b) adapting and implementing globally tested interventions to the Chilean context; c) training school & health professionals to address sexual diversity matters respectfully; d) send messages of hope to children through TV, radio & social media; and e) providing educational materials to more schools and families. Our suicide hotline also operates daily.
By the end of 2016, Todo Mejora will have: reached over 3 million people through more than 150 TV and media stories, trained an additional 1,500 professionals who work directly with young people, answered the direct call for help of more than 1,000 children and families, recruited 100 new members, completed a national study on bullying prevention, increased its follower base by 25%, and influenced the debates on gender identity, children's and the adoptions laws. It will have saved more lives.