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Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about teen depression in middle school and high school communities at no cost to schools. Erika’s Lighthouse works to eliminate the stigma surrounding depression and empower young people to take ownership of their mental health. Core programs include the video-based, teacher-led depression awareness classroom programs—The Erika’s Lighthouse Program: Depression and Suicide Awareness for High School Students and The Erika’s Lighthouse Program: Depression Awareness for Middle School Students. Erika’s Lighthouse also provides countless other web-based resources. To learn more, visit erikaslighthouse.org.
Hand to Hold’s vision is to enable a network of families to offer support, comfort and understanding to one another, and to provide them with knowledge, information and resources to reduce the impact of a NICU stay and ensure the best outcome for their children and family by:
Empowering parents to advocate for their children
Facilitating peer support and encouraging individual, couple and family counseling when needed
Educating parents about the challenges their babies might face and preparing them to meet those needs
Sharing support and resources to help comfort families following a terminal diagnosis or loss of a baby
Working with healthcare professionals, hospital systems and specialists to ensure families thrive during and after a NICU stay
Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) is a human service organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, headquartered in Utah, that brings the gift of animal companionship and interaction to people in need. Our mission is to enhance quality of life through the human/animal bond. Our volunteers (people and their own pets) make regular visits to those who are physically or developmentally disabled, emotionally or psychologically impaired, lonely or suffering from depression. All services are free of charge to both client and facility.
ITA therapy animals and their handlers are screened, trained, licensed and insured to participate in animal-assisted interactions (AAI), which may be either animal-assisted activities (AAA) or animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Successful teams have completed both health and temperament screening and volunteer training.
Serving our communities since 1993, we are one of the largest groups of our kind in the United States, with more than 350 volunteer teams doing animal-assisted therapy at more than 100 hospitals, counseling centers, nursing facilities, detention homes, extended care centers, and schools. Chapters of ITA now thrive in Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Kentucky. We also have affiliated colleague groups in 13 additional states.
We are also the founders of Reading Education Assistance Dogs® (R.E.A.D.®), a literacy support program to foster in children the love of books and the reading environment. R.E.A.D. has spread throughout all 50 of the United States and at least 15 other countries since we launched it in 1999.
The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation exists to deliver unwavering support for patients and families fighting pancreatic cancer. NPCF aims to increase awareness for pancreatic cancer and transform the experience of pancreatic cancer by delivering immediate unwavering support to all who seek it. Our primary programs include education, awareness, and financial assistance. Since it's inception in May of 2009, NPCF has helped over 237 families affected by pancreatic cancer with basic living expenses.
The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This initiative was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy.
If everyone is more open and honest about mental health, we can prevent pain and suffering, and those in need will get the help they deserve.
The five signs of emotional suffering are personality change, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care and hopelessness.
The campaign launched with 50 partners and now has over 520 partners today. Because of these amazing partnerships, over 26 million Americans have been exposed to the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering via our partners, and 195.5 million external media impressions have been created through our various media outlets.
Distress and Crisis Ontario (DCO) is an association that is the recognized leader in promoting collaboration and building capacity in organizations that provide distress and crisis response.
Distress Centres (DC’s) across Ontario offer support and a variety of services to their communities. At a DC you can find a listening ear for lonely, depressed, and/or suicidal people, usually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many centres also have Suicide Survivor programs, support services for youth, telephone call out programs for seniors and vulnerable people, mental health Crisis Lines services and much more.
Distress Centres provide their listening and referral services primarily through highly trained and committed volunteers. The staffs of Distress Centres are knowledgeable individuals who insure the highest levels of support to the individuals in their communities and innovation in service provision.
The mission of the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation is to support young adults navigating a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 15 – 39 during and after their treatment by connecting them with each other through various types of social support.
Visit CHSCF.org for all of our program offerings, including our adventure based week in Michigan; Base2Summit.
Base2Summit is a FREE 6 day experience in Northern Michigan where we mix up biking, hiking, canoeing and exploring the Mitten with some down time on one of Michigan's supreme lakes.
*Must be 18 to participate
PsychU is a free community and online resource library for individuals engaged in the mental health field. Our 33,000+ members share one simple belief: improved information, increased collaboration, and ongoing discussion will lead to improved mental health care and patient outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses. PsychU members include physicians, clinicians, care managers, nurses, pharmacists, payers, administrators, and other professionals in mental health care.
By becoming part of the community, you’ll gain access to online forums and live events, a library of on-demand mental health resources, and perspectives from industry experts and thought leaders. Visit www.PsychU.org to learn more!
Provides evaluation, consultation, and treatment services for children and family members affected by trauma and other challenging events, including medical illness, traumatic loss, community violence, disasters, and combat deployment stress. Comprised of a team of psychiatrists and psychologists specializing in children and adolescents, the clinic provides expertise in child and family traumatic stress for children of all ages and their family members, as well as educational resources and training for UCLA Child Psychiatry Fellows and Psychology Interns. The UCLA Family STAR Clinic team works to bring evidence-based clinical care to families to assist in prevention of stress and recovery following traumatic events. Groups for parents and children are also available and enrolling now!
The Anxiety Resource Center, Inc. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was founded to educate the public and professional communities about anxiety disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and OCD Spectrum Disorders; to reduce the stigma associated with these illnesses; and to provide a place that offers support, hope and inspiration. The Anxiety Resource Center, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.