Young, Gifted & @Risk (YGAR) is a conference series by The Steve Fund (TSF), hosted at colleges and universities. This year, the series will be hosted at the University of Michigan (10/24), Georgetown University (11/01), and The City University of New York (11/15). Register now!
This symposium brings together mental health professionals, religious and spiritual leaders, academics, and youth leaders for an important and timely dialog. We will explore how religion, spirituality and mental health intersect and how this impacts the support of young people of color in different cultural groups and with different identities. Read more.
Every September we observe Suicide Prevention Month. It is a time to learn as much as we can about this alarming public health issue—most often related to mental illness. And it is also a time to listen, to offer help, and to eliminate stigmas around suicidal thoughts and seeking support.
Recent statistics suggest that suicide is on the rise among young people ages 15 to 24 years old, as are incidents of suicidal thoughts. Suicide rates are much higher for some population segments such as American Indians/Alaska Natives and rising for others such as young black males. Despite the mental stress from dealing with persistent racism, discrimination and exclusion, young people of color are half as likely than the general population to get the mental health care they need. Mental health services, social support, and connectedness are just a few of the approaches that can help prevent suicide.
At The Steve Fund, we want to provide all young people of color with support resources that help meet these specific needs. That’s why we have partnered with some of the most innovative tech solutions, including:
We also want to share a few reminders to help you deal with challenges and thoughts that may weigh heavily on you.
On behalf of everyone at The Steve Fund, I invite you to commemorate Suicide Prevention Month with us by taking the time to listen. You never know when someone may need your help.