Support Youth Mental Health on #GivingTuesday

Friends of NAMI have never been afraid to think big – tackling the complicated subject of mental health, and ultimately breaking the stigma that surrounds mental illness is no small task. To explain our strategies and services, NAMI Eastside often points to our work in advocacy, education, support, and awareness. But these are still broad terms that don’t explain our purpose on their own. This week of Giving Tuesday, we want to dive into those concepts. But first, it’s important to recognize the foundational role youth mental health plays in our society – and why it’s so important not to let that foundation crack.

In recent years, we have witnessed an escalating crisis in youth mental health. The pandemic’s long-lasting effects have not only disrupted lives but have deeply impacted the mental well-being of our younger generation.

Now, more than ever, our youth need support, understanding, and resources to navigate these turbulent times.

“According to the CDC, in 2021, 42% of high school students reported experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, including 57% of girls and 69% of LGBQ+ students, and nearly 1 in 3 high school girls reported having seriously considered suicide.” source

Throughout the pandemic, we have provided mental health presentations to 17,881 students in East King County. These presentations are more than just talks; they are lifelines, offering students knowledge, tools, and the reassurance that they are not alone in their struggles.

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NAMI Eastside thinks differently about Youth Mental Health and acts accordingly to empower, not scare, a generation with a passion for breaking the stigma. Our annual Youth Mental Health Conference is a one-of-a-kind event led by youth that is entering its 14th year in Redmond, Washington this March. Thanks to generous donations and volunteers, the conference is free for youth ages 6-25 to attend, and adults can still get an early bird ticket through the end of November! Learn more and reserve a spot at YMHC.org

Our monthly EvergreenHealth Forums are educational virtual forums about a wide range of youth mental health-related topics. They are free for all to attend at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month. Learn more and sign up for the next one here!

 

We have a goal of raising $10,000 for youth mental health by the end of 2023. Your contribution can make a tangible difference. It could mean another classroom reached, another student empowered, or another life touched by mental health awareness. Here’s how your support can help:

  • $50 can provide resource materials for 10 students.
  • $100 can sponsor a mental health presentation for a classroom.
  • $250 can aid in training a new presenter to expand our reach.

4 Ways to Support NAMI Eastside on Giving Tuesday

  1. Donate – Click here!
  2. Create a team of mental health champions on the WAGives platform to fundraise with you!
  3. Join our Facebook Fundraiser and share with your network or share our fundraiser link on social media.
  4. You can also donate via Venmo by sending donations to @NAMIEastside

Youth Mental Health Conference March 22 in Redmond, WANAMI Eastside’s Youth Mental Health Conference will be on March 22, 2024 in Redmond, WA

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Youth ambassadorsExample of Youth Ambassador, Pritika Singh’s research project “Mental Health in the Asian American Community”