ReachOut 2 Me: The Holiday Spirit of Support
'Tis the season of hope and help - remembering how thankful we are for the good things in our lives, and maybe being a little kinder to those who need our support.
As part of the ReachOut2Me campaign, Nov 24th - Dec 8th, our volunteers have shared their stories of thanks for giving and receiving help - and how empowering that can be. Here's how our Youth Ambassador Alex responded the first time he was reached out to by someone who cared:
I broke down, exhausted from ‘secretly’ fighting my illness for so long. My mom flew up to visit me, and from that moment on I began fighting, effectively, with the support of my family and friends. Everybody I approached and sought help from was not only understanding, but most were able to empathize, not only making my recovery easier but also strengthening my bonds with those people.
No one knows more how tough it is to say this - we could really use your help this year.
Here are 2 easy ways to get involved:
1. Help spread the word by following us on social media and sharing our RO2ME campaign
2. Donate to ReachOut now and help us reach more youth than ever
ReachOut.com is built on the premise that we all go through tough times, and those times can seem even darker for teens and young adults struggling with mental health issues. 1 in 5 US teens suffers from a serious mental health condition, and half of them don't get the help they need. In the past year, ReachOut.com has seen over 2 Million US visits, that's a 100% increase from the year before.
We know teens and young adults need the info and support we're offering - and your donation will continue this effort.
We hope this time of year is filled with family, friends, laughter, joy, love and gratitude. We are so grateful for your support over the past year and beyond!