Children
 Chile
Project #21821

Stand With Us - Prevent Youth Suicide - Save Lives

by Fundacion Todo Mejora Chile
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Summary

By 2020, Chile and UN statistics project that 1 adolescent will take their life nearly every day. Todo Mejora was created in 2012 to prevent this from happening, and since then has successfully reached millions of youth and families through social and conventional media; trained over 10,000 mental health and education professionals; and, provided technical assistance to the President's Executive Secretariat, Ministries of Health and of Social Welfare, and several municipalities.
$13,000.00
total goal
$8,808.00
remaining
12
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year active

Challenge

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.

Solution

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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Resources

http:/​/​www.todomejora.org

Organization Information

Fundacion Todo Mejora Chile

Location: Santiago - Chile
Website: http:/​/​www.todomejora.org
Project Leader:
Julio C. Dantas
Santiago, Santiago Chile

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