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Working toward the day when no teen turns to suicide.

Nationwide, there has been a steep decline in teens’ mental health, due in part to the pressures and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a rare Surgeon General’s Advisory to highlight the urgent need to address the nation’s youth mental health crisis. And earlier this year, the CDC released its first comprehensive study of the consequences of COVID-19 on the mental health and well-being of adolescents. The report found that 37.1% of high school students experienced poor mental health, 44.2% experienced feelings of depression, 19.9% had seriously considered attempting suicide, and 9% had attempted suicide.

But there is hope. Another report by the CDC released in 2021 found that teens who feel connected to peers and adults at school have long-lasting positive mental health outcomes.

Our Minds Matter supports student leaders in cultivating school-wide connectedness, and our student participants report increased feelings of connection at school as a result of being in an OMM club.

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!