What We Do
Our mission: Helping youth strengthen mental wellness through technology-driven resources and peer support.
In our darkest hour, the thing that we crave most is connection. ReachOut USA seeks to meet this need for the growing number of teens and young adults who struggle with feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide. By harnessing the power and accessibility of online and mobile platforms, ReachOut meets them where they are to provide vital peer-to-peer support and mental health information. These are keys to helping youth build resilience, withstand tough times and know they are not alone.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 years. According to the latest data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, walk into any U.S. high school classroom of 30 students and the chances are that over the past 12 months:
But there is hope. By working directly with teens and young adults on the design and delivery of innovative mobile and online services, ReachOut USA seeks to ensure that millions of teens and young adults know where and who to turn to when times are tough.
“Please just hear my thank you. Thank you for being there when no one else is here for me. You have just saved a life. Thank you. Now I have tools to help me cope and suicide will not win!”
Chrissie, 18 years old
Through peer support and evidence-based information that encourages help seeking and stigma reduction, ReachOut USA can help reduce the teen suicide rate in the US. Here’s how:
ReachOut.com, our primary online platform and avenue for outreach, connects with young people in ways traditional mental health services never could, at a fraction of the cost. It provides critical early intervention to prevent small problems becoming big ones. It builds meaningful connections in our safe and supported community of over 16,000 members and complements existing services. ReachOut.com’s message for young people is one of hope: “You are not alone – other young people have made it through tough times.
Youth Leadership Development
Teens and young adults are at the center of everything we do. They’re directly involved in developing and delivering all ReachOut USA initiatives to see that they align with the needs, interests, language, and culture of youth. Research shows that preventative approaches that directly involve young people are proven to be more effective in building resilience and reducing mental health problems in participants. Learn more about our youth volunteers here.
Safety and Evaluation
ReachOut USA ensures that all of our programs are underpinned by rigorous safety protocols and evidence-based principles related to effective suicide prevention and mental health wellness practices. We are committed to measuring the impact of ReachOut USA programs and continually improving program delivery through feedback and active participation from young people and staff who work with youth.