This blog is used for many things: scrapbooking, book reviews, sharing life, and sharing things that are important to me.
This organization is one of those things.
I am a mother of a teen, soon to be an adult.
I'm also a teacher to pre-teens and teens and found this site has a positive impact on many of them.
One year they were excited when I participated in awareness and wrote the word LOVE on my wrist as part of the awareness and wore it to work.
I thought I would share this very important organization and its site. If it helps even one person then that is better than none.
stands for To Where Love on Her Arm.
Here is their Mission Statement:
Quick Numbers121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (World Health Organization)
18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. (The National Institute of Mental Health)
Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression. (U.S. Surgeon General's Survey, 1999)
Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30% of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem. (NIMH)
2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.
Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)
All of these things can occur to anyone.
Friends, family, famous people, everyday people, anyone.
In 1996, Princess Diana came out with the fact that she was a self-injurer.
I hope the link is informative and maybe even helpful.
I know its helpful for when I'm trying to lookout for all the kids that I teach and have a special love for everyday!
Also my own children and myself.