It was important to us that this conversation about mental and emotional health did not end when the "UR, going to be okay" collection was over in April, but that it continued on!
So we went on a journey to find a non-profit who shared similar values, the same heart on the subject, and was already moving forward in addressing these issues. SPTS (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide) was the perfect match! We are excited to announce our partnership with them for this collection & we will be donating a portion of our proceeds to helping them fulfill their mission!
The “Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide” is a non-profit community organization dedicated to increasing awareness and reducing the stigma of suicide through specialized training programs and outreach resources that empower teens, parents and educational leaders with the guidance and skills needed to help those at risk of suicide build a life of resiliency.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide was founded in 2005 by two friends who lost teenaged children to suicide. After their losses, the men were shocked to learn that suicide was the third leading cause of death for America’s youth at that time and were determined to do whatever they could to protect other families from the devastation of suicide.
Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for youth age 10 – 24.
Some quick numbers with respect to 2019:
-The SPTS website has been visited by nearly 70,000 visitors since January 1, accessing more than 225,000 pages - 25% are parents seeking information.
-SPTS hosted 4 Youth Wellness Summits in 2019, directly impacting staff and students from 81 schools across 4 counties in 2 states. The over 500 staff and students who attended the summits have the potential to share the information received on resilience and holistic health and wellness with their school communities, and indirect impact to more than 7,500 staff and students.
-Their online training has been completed by over 52,000 educators across the US since January 1.
-SPTS has provided 68 community presentations and school trainings to over 2,000 individuals and distributed resources to the students and community members at 24 Health/Wellness Resource Fairs.
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