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Help & Hope for YOUth introduces new website

Help & Hope for YOUth
Help & Hope for YOUth
Published: Apr. 18, 2019 at 10:54 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Help & Hope for YOUth, the youth mental health initiative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona, has launched their new website.

The website features information specifically for young people ages 10 to 24, along with their families and the schools and organizations that serve them. Online resources include descriptions of mental health educational programs, including NAMI’s Ending the Silence, a middle and high school stigma reduction presentation available in Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Pinal Counties.

Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24. Helphopeforyouth.com is designed to help young people when they are first experiencing symptoms of mental illness with the message that mental illness is just like any other illness, it’s okay to talk about it and get help.

“With suicide now being the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults, we want youth to know they are not alone, we all have mental health, and there is help” said Arcelia Cornidez, Project Director of Help & Hope for YOUth. “Social media, websites and apps are key tools in addressing child and adolescent mental health.”

On helphopeforyouth.org, young people can access mental health resources to share their stories, learn how to help others and join the discussion about mental health with their peers. Through partners of Help & Hope for YOUth, children, teens, adolescents and young adults can start the conversation about reducing stigma through Text, Talk, Act and see how mental health impacts young people in “Not Broken,” a documentary from Arizona Public Media featuring youth living with mental health challenges.

Young people from all backgrounds can find help and hope online and learn new ways to reduce stigma associated with mental illness using advocacy resources that impact youth mental health in Southern Arizona.

The website offers information about how to join the Help & Hope for YOUth Alliance, formerly known as the Arizona Youth Mental Health Alliance, and how to volunteer to increase access to and improve the availability of mental health education in Southern Arizona.

The Help & Hope for YOUth Alliance engages organizations such as the Tucson Unified School District, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe - Sewa Uusim Community Partnership, and Casa De Los Ninos in expanding the stigma reduction work among youth ages 10 to 24 through statewide advocacy and capacity building to improve youth mental health.

To learn more about Help & Hope for YOUth visit www.helphopeforyouth.org.

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