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Working toward the day when no teen turns to suicide.

As COVID-19 has shut down normal operations for schools and communities for the greater part of 2020 and into 2021, we are facing a new pandemic among youth, a burgeoning mental health crisis. During the summer of 2020, the CDC Director warned a rise in adolescent suicides would be one of the “substantial public health negative consequences” of school closures. This follows an October 2019 CDC report stating a 56% rise in the suicide rate for youth ages 10-24 from 2007 to 2017.

Our Minds Matter (OMM), formerly the Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF), was established in 2012 in Vienna, VA with the vision to end teen suicide. The OMM program is an innovative and grassroots effort to prevent teen suicide, taking a youth-led approach to its upstream prevention model. Through its peer-to-peer club model, teens are trained and empowered to promote school-wide social connectedness, encourage help-seeking behavior and develop coping skills that increase mental wellness and decrease the risk of suicide.

If we're learning anything as we develop Our Minds Matter, it’s that teens want to support each other. They care for one another, and sometimes all it takes is providing them with the opportunity to do so. Help us create that opportunity for more teens by donating today!