| Dec 25, 2021
Suicide Rates are Increasing for Young People of Color
Hi Unsilence Supporter,
According to research on youth mental health and suicide, while suicide rates are declining overall, suicide rates among young people, especially young people of color, are increasing (for more info on this data, see NPR article, linked below).
Why did Unsilence create 'TOMORROW'?
Schools struggle to talk about suicide and mental health. Some schools even have policies that prohibit teachers from talking about suicide with students. But there are healthy ways for schools to tackle this topic. TOMORROW is an interactive story that helps teachers, school administrators, parents, and young people learn how to support community conversations about sucide and mental health in appropriate and effective ways.
TOMORROW is accompanied by the teacher testimony INTO MY ARMS on which the interactive story is based, as well as BRIAN, which is a mother's beautiful and honest reflection about her son and his suicide, loss and blame, and healing through education. In the words of Brian's mother: "Together, we can lower the rates of suicide among children and young adults. The place to start is to unsilence the mental suffering that so many of our young people experience."
Please continue to support our work: Without you, we would not be able to create and deliver innovative programs - driven by storytelling, the arts, and serious games - that unsilence injustice. If you'd like to continue supporting our TOMORROW initiative, you can donate right here.
With sincere gratitude.