We Are In This Together
First Week of July Recap!
The past week was jam-packed with awesome events, as well as lots of opportunities to be grateful for the continued support of our mission by the community. On Saturday, we chilled at Dark Matter Coffee's 9th annual block party, where we got to see some awesome bands and enjoy the food and drinks generously provided by local vendors. We're also still following Warped Tour, along with our dedicated Agents of Impact. Acacia Evans, founder of Big City Thoughts Magazine, has been traveling with us as our tent and engagement manager and sharing her own mental health story. We also have a lot to look forward to, including the upcoming comedy show!
Dark Matter Coffee Block Party Raises $14k for Suicide Prevention
Last Saturday, Dark Matter Coffee hosted their awesome annual block party, Maplewoodstock, for the 9th time. Thanks to Dark Matter Coffee's hosting skills, and the generous donations from the community, $14,315 was raised for suicide prevention and mental health education programs. We are so grateful to everyone who was involved, and can't wait to do it all again next year!
For the full block party recap, please click here.
Second Week on Warped Tour
We're now in the second week of Warped Tour, and so far, it's been awesome! Since the last WAITT blog, we've followed the tour to Nashville, Atlanta, St. Pete, Orlando, West Palm,Charlotte, Virginia Beach, Syracuse, Hartford, Scranton, Mansfield and Buffalo. Our dedicated Agents of Impact have been engaging folks in conversation when they stop by our table, distributing resource cards, and occasionally taking over our Snapchat and Instagram.
This week, we're featuring one Agent in particular, Alyssa. She helped out in Atlanta, on June 30th, by managing the table and connecting people with mental health resources. Alyssa also had the chance to check out some of the great acts on tour, including her favorite, Tonight Alive. Her favorite part of the day was "loading out", where she helped us tear down the tent and pack up. We are so grateful to Alyssa and all the other Agents of Impact, and can't wait for the rest of the tour!
The Statistics on Suicide
By Amanda Price
Suicide is a geographic issue that has the potential to effect everyone, no matter gender, race, religion, or age. In 2013, suicide was the 10thleading cause of death in the U.S. Among ages 15 through 24, it was the 2nd leading cause of death. However, there are more attempted deaths than actual deaths from suicide. Out of every 31 adults who attempted suicide in the past year, only one completed the act.
Although someone may not have attempted suicide, there is a large possibility that they have had suicidal thoughts. Between 2013 and 2014, 1 in 13 young adults had suicidal thoughts. The amount of people in all age groups who have had suicidal thoughts between 2013 and 2014 is astounding. Approximately 7.5% of 18 to 25 year olds, 4% of 26 to 49 year olds, and 2.7% of 50+ had serious thoughts of suicide.
Society silences suicidal thoughts, yet thousands of people are struggling with it each year. These stats prove that you are not alone. It’s important to know that others are dealing with the same conflict, and that it can be overcome.
It’s ok not to be ok.
We See You Fam: Warped Edition
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