+ What is the Shining Minds Project?
Shining Minds Project is non-profit with roots in mental health, suicide awareness, and childhood abuse. Our work is founded on the belief that suicide is preventable and that early education, communication, and action are essential to prevention.
We don’t want the conversation about mental health to start after suicide; we want the conversation to begin long before mental health issues ever begin. Our goal is to create a powerful movement that empowers teens to take control of their mental health and wellness.
Our organization hopes to establish a youth-directed peer-education program with a focus on educating middle and high school students about mental illness, early warning signs, and where to seek help and support. Our peer-education model draws on the credibility that young people have with their peers and will put a new spin on preventive measures.
Teaching teens how to cultivate a healthy mindset and allowing them to safely engage with their peers is the cornerstone of our mission.
By equipping every teen with the right tools, we know we can save lives.
+ Why was the Shining Minds Project started?
Our story is messy & complicated but we believe in making our mess our message.
Most non-profits begin when a group of people discover a problem not currently being addressed. Our story begins much like that…
In the spring of 2018, we lost our beloved daughter, sister, cousin, and best friend to suicide. We realized that, while there are many wonderful non-profits addressing the issues surrounding mental health and suicide, there aren’t many organizations dedicated to early education and prevention.
That is our focus: Prevention
By establishing a youth-directed peer-education program with a focus on educating middle and high school students we can change the conversation about mental illness, teach them to recognize early warning signs in themselves and others, and properly communicate where and how to seek help and support.
We are also intent on changing legislation in order to better protect people from cyberbullying and harassment, which can lead to ongoing mental health issues.
We are excited to begin and sincerely thank you for joining in on our work.
+ Who is the Shining Minds Project for?
While our message is for everyone, the focus of The Shining Minds Project is on educating middle and high school students we can change the conversation about mental illness, teach them to recognize early warning signs in themselves and others, and properly communicate where and how to seek help and support.
+ How can I get involved?
There are SO many ways you can get involved with the program. You can go to the volunteer page here and let us know what you're interested in doing. We want to make a huge change and we can't do it alone, so we can always, always use the help of others who are interested in getting involved!
+ Who is behind the Shining Minds Project?
We have a lot of people behind the scenes here running the Shining Minds Project. You can meet the team here.
+ Where can I follow the Shining Minds Project on social media?
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