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DSC_1372 Suicide is a preventable mental health crisis. Prevention begins with a conversation.

In America, this week is recognized as honoring suicide prevention, but Hope For The Day dedicates the whole month of September to prevention. Globally, suicide has no prejudice as it touches every age, racial, economic, social, and geographic demographic on the planet.

We will reduce suicide rates when we become proactive in changing social, institutional and civic policies on mental health. This means that we, as families, friends and communities, must stop waiting for a death by suicide to impact our lives or dominate our newsfeeds. This means discarding the shroud of stigma that silences this conversation.

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Stigma is made of the Things We Don’t Say about our mental health. Stigmas are the factors that try to dictate and govern how we express ourselves, and self-expression is the key. Taking care of our mental health is about embracing open expression of our responses to the things we experience in life.

Effective prevention begins with a conversation on how we take care of our minds. Traditionally, mental health is defined as the absence of mental illness, BUT mental health encompasses so much more and we need to address it with the same visibility and focus that we give to our physical health.

We can be born with a predisposition to mental illness or sustain a psychological injury. Just like addressing physical issues, mental health challenges can be recognized, there is effective treatment and recovery is possible.

Hope For The Day operates on the 100% model, which means that every penny of publicly solicited funds (donations) goes to our programming. Since 2011, HFTD has been within communities, doing outreach raising the visibility of resources for support. Now we’re pressing the conversation in North America, UK, Europe and Australia on tours like Vans Warped Tour, Never Say Die, and our first direct Military action The Resiliency Tour. We’re happy to go anywhere, with the funds available to us, to let others know there are options, and that they’re not alone. 

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Beyond the passionate crowds on tour, that are so visible on our social media, we’ve also been educating individuals to facilitate this conversation within their communities.

Since 2013, we’ve been equipping and empowering individuals, completely free of charge, some as young as 12 years old (it is never too early to talk mental health!) to be Agents of Impact. Now, more than 400 individuals  have pressed this conversation into their schools, community centers, clubs, places of worship—occupation, on bases, in cities and rural towns in 42 states and 13 countries around the world.

Suicide is a preventable mental health crisis. The biggest obstacle to effective prevention is the silence of stigma. We will reduce rates by being proactive. We start the conversation on suicide prevention by educating ourselves on caring for our mental health; we begin by understanding It's Ok Not To Be Ok.

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