Help schools address mental health and suicide

by Unsilence Vetted since 2018 Top Ranked

Summary

Many schools struggle to talk about mental health. Some schools ban conversations about suicide altogether, fearing 'suicide contagion.' Unsilence's TOMORROW is an online interactive and classroom program that helps students and teachers develop the skills to talk about suicide, depression, and mental health in appropriate and effective ways. Help us make a difference in our school communities TODAY.

$10,000
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$4,030
remaining
71
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1
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6
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Challenge

Oftentimes, schools and their surrounding communities do not provide adequate environments for students and their families to talk about mental health, depression, and suicide. This barrier to open dialogue prevents students from seeking out and accessing the necessary resources and mental health care they have a right to. Unsilence drives social change by breaking the personal, cultural, and institutional barriers that prevent open dialogue around controversial human rights issues like suicide.

Solution

Unsilence creates empowering learning experiences for youth and the public, and trains educators and community leaders, to spark dialogue, support critical thinking, and build empathy to inspire healing and social change. Our programs are learner-centered and support young people to make personal connections with complex and challenging issues. Learners cultivate a deep sense of social responsibility and develop expertise in self-directed and group-based social action.

Long-Term Impact

We believe that unsilencing is contagious. When we share hidden stories - stories of pain, loss, shame, and taboos we've been too afraid to speak about - we give permission for others to share hidden stories, too. TOMORROW brings courageous dialogue about mental health and suicide to the fore of our educator and student leadership training programs and arms a new generation with the tools to tackle the social, civic, and political issues of our time.

Resources

http:/​/​www.unsilence.org
TOMORROW: Interactive experience around suicide

Organization Information

Unsilence

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.unsilence.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @UnsilenceOrg
Project Leader:
Annie Rezac
Chicago, IL United States
$5,970 raised of $10,000 goal
 
77 donations
$4,030 to go
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