Minnesota’s children and youth are in crisis. Visits to the emergency room and calls to the crisis line have all increased. Students are staying home from school due to their mental health. Minnesota’s student survey found that teen girls reported increased symptoms related to anxiety and depression and an increase in suicide attempts. Young adults aged 20-29 have some of the highest suicide rates as a group since 2021, and youth aged 16-24 were the second highest self-reporting age group calling into 988 in its first year of operation.
Despite these troubling statistics, we have hope. We know the power of educating youth about mental health and the effectiveness of teaching people how to prevent suicide. But we need your help.
During our last fiscal year, we reached over 10,000 middle and high school students with our youth education programs. They learned about mental health, the symptoms of mental illnesses, and how to help a friend. We reached over 2,500 people through our suicide prevention classes, such as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) and by giving away lock boxes to families to keep youth safe.
Our youth classes have inspired them to reach out to others for both their own well-being and that of their friends. As two students shared with us: “I found this presentation to be very helpful - considering that I’m going through a hard time right now - makes me want to open up more” and “I can try to help my friend now.”
On Give to the Max Day, you can help youth and young adults in Minnesota by donating to NAMI Minnesota. Raise awareness. Save lives.
The NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors is making a matching gift of $1 for every $2 you give up to $10,000.
Please support us!