To commemorate our 10-year anniversary, we’re sharing 10 creative monthly themes that encourage your engagement in important mental health and suicide prevention conversations.
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Zachs Family Foundation
– SEPTEMBER 2021 –
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increasing awareness of and action around suicide prevention; a month to highlight the people and organizations working tirelessly year-round to bring suicide into the light. It’s a time for reflecting on our mission and taking action, and a time for you to start paying AT10TION, because paying attention might save a life.
The pandemic is exacerbating the teen and young adult mental health crisis, making raising awareness and dollars for suicide prevention more important than ever. Youth and young adults continue to mask their feelings to try and meet perceived societal demands. They’re struggling through the uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic and need primary prevention programs like ours to survive and thrive. Here are a few ways you can pay AT10TION.
Post our copy and corresponding Suicide Prevention Month graphics on your social media and tag us.
Educate yourself about the suicide warning signs
Know what resources are available
Learn about collaborative suicide prevention efforts in the state of Connecticut at this link
Donate to support our programs that help youth and young adults pay AT10TION
– AUGUST 2021 –
As usual, it feels like the summer months flew by and back-to-school time is almost upon us. The anticipation of the new school year can be stressful and full of mixed emotions for youth and young adults (also for parents and caregivers). It can be especially trying for students heading off to their first year of college.
What if you are reading this and your path leads you to a different destination than college? Does that leave you feeling alone amidst your classmates and the college buzz?
Just as EX10SION means to reach beyond yourself, you may find it’s appropriate and necessary to reach out and seek or accept help outside of yourself. You may call a friend to talk, ask your teacher for extra help, or see a therapist. Think ahead and get familiar with what your support network might look like.
Even if you haven’t experienced times of extreme emotional distress or crisis, doesn’t mean you never will. Most colleges have counseling professionals available on campus as well as other types of support services. There are also helplines and text/chat services for many issues you might encounter. Do your research so that if and when the time comes, you’ll know where to reach beyond yourself for help.
– JULY 2021 –
More often than not, we can be our own worst critics. There are days when the negative self-talk overshadows our positive affirmations, sometimes negating our feelings of self-worth.
We invite you to abandon the negative self-talk and practice self-love. Over time, practicing actions that promote self-love can help both your physical and psychological well-being. Practicing self-love can improve your self-esteem, make you aware of your strengths, and allow you to be more accepting of your weaknesses.
Self-love can mean something different for each person because we all have many different ways to take care of ourselves.
Treat yourself with tenderness. Your heart matters.
– JUNE 2021 –
It’s a fitting theme for June, with youth and young adults of all ages graduating and moving on to the next phase of their lives.
What is their PO10TIAL? Who do they want to be?
Think about how they may feel about the transition. Talk to them about it. As a youth and young adult, thinking about their own PO10TIAL may feel overwhelming.
Oftentimes, at this time in their lives, other people give them ideas of what their PO10TIAL might be and how to unlock it. But, it’s also an important exercise to allow them to identify their inner voice on their own. Give yourself, and them, grace throughout the process of becoming the person they decide to be.
– MAY 2021 –
Talking about mental health enlightens the world, and what better month to spotlight these important conversations than May, Mental Health Awareness Month! When we talk openly and honestly about mental health and share our stories of lived experience we can help people struggling in silence. We can help people find their way out of the dark shadows cast by mental health stigma, to see the light of hope. Normalizing mental health conversations helps elevate mental wellbeing to share the same platform as physical wellbeing and this is an important step in the right direction to connecting people to help.
We invite you to join us in talking about mental health. Here are a few ways you can take action!
Listen to, and share, our new ENLIGH10 podcast on Spotify
Make our Mental Health Social Media Graphics part of your social media feeds to help fuel these conversations and raise awareness in our communities
Attend one of our upcoming events that supports our mental health programming
Check out our ‘In it 4 life’ toolkit that puts the information to help you have these conversations, at your fingertips!
Hold a fundraiser where proceeds benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation
Donate to help ensure our lifesaving mental health programming continues reaching youth and young adults across the country!
Join us for the very-first Mental Health Action Day on 5.20.2021. Learn more at this link.
– APRIL 2021 –
We’ve been helping peers brighten each other’s day with our Fresh Check Day program that first piloted in 2012. Learn more about our engaging mental health programming for college students at this link.
– MARCH 2021 –
Jordan’s friends are a testament to this month’s theme. We’ve collaborated with a special group of Jordan’s friends to spotlight some of their many heartfelt memories. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch this video.
Special thanks to Emily, Ingrid, Colin, Ben, Brad, Brenden, Brian, Nick, and Pat. Video Credit: jamtron.com
– FEBRUARY 2021 –
2021 Is Our Foundation’s 10-Year Anniversary
This February marks ten years since we lost Jordan to suicide. It’s also the ten-year anniversary of the Jordan Porco Foundation. We’re remembering Jordan every day by honoring his adventurous spirit with programming that emanates his energy and light, reaching young adults across the country who need uplifting and support.
Please take a few minutes to watch this video that is both a tribute to Jordan and the lifesaving work that he—and all of you—make possible.
This caring community of support keeps the light of hope shining brightly. It takes a network of family, friends, and coping skills to navigate the unpredictable waves of grief, pain, and loss. Because journeying this path isn’t always easy.
Unfortunately, there’s an increasing number of families living our tragedy—stories told, and retold, in an effort to raise greater awareness on and around the major public health concern of youth suicide. The ongoing reality is that youth are in crisis. The suicide rate for youth has significantly increased in the past decade and colleges, universities, school districts, and community agencies are all sounding the alarm.
Managing the many faces of mental illness, suicide risk, and addiction are daily concerns for educators. Students struggle but continue to mask their feelings in order to meet the perceived demands of our society. They struggle in the midst of the uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic and need primary prevention programs like ours to survive and thrive.
As part of our 10-year anniversary we’ve created a way you can reaffirm your ongoing support of youth and young adult mental health.
We hope you’ll join our new monthly giving member perk program: JPF Infinity. When you donate monthly you give hope infinitely and become a member of our exclusive JPF Infinity community. Every dollar counts, and you can maximize your impact when you give throughout the year in a dollar amount and frequency that works for your budget.
We love our children to infinity. Please give today to ensure they have a tomorrow.
Thank you for being part of our caring community. Your generosity in giving to our cause creates a message of hope and healing for struggling youth through our lifesaving programs.
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