Teens Finding Answers Before it's too late

National Alliance of Mental Illness (FRESNO)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is one of the many organizations that helps prevent suicide from teens with mental illness. NAMI is a group that provides group support for families and gives legislative efforts that address the needs of the mentally ill and their families. NAMI strives to offer reformed hope and health to our American Community through supporting victims of mental illness.

AFSP Vice President of Public Policy, John Madigan, and AFSP Manager of Federal Policy, Trevor Summerfield, attended the signing of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the largest Organization in the United States for assisting victims by trying to prevent suicide. One of the projects they are working on is referred as “Project 2025.” The goal of is project is to reduce suicide rates by 20% by 2025. AFSP will find different strategies to try to reduce suicide. They are currently progressing their research and experiment.

Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train

The idea that change starts with one person is the root of advocacy. It begins in a small town among a small group of people who desire change. A town like Albany, Georgia. Howard Zinn’s You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train explores the small-scale acts of advocacy beginning in the 1960s with the Civil Rights Movement and provides readers with short anecdotes of resistance against oppression such as picketing and ignoring segregation laws. The American people don’t read about the young black women by the names of Rosalyn Pope and Marian Wright, who were both contributors to the movement. Society doesn’t recognize small-scale acts although they are truly the ambition of social justice. Teens Finding Answers doesn’t want to be recognized; we don’t desire to have our name known. We want to change the life of one teenager. Maybe even two. We are going to be a small-scale act of social change for teens in mental pain, one of which will contribute to the overall healing of the national youth.

-Elise H.

Within the next month, Teens Finding Answers plans to push for the distribution of physical information regarding mental health services provided by the Department of Behavioral Health. We encourage the availability of services and information to be provided in the counseling offices of all schools within Clovis, Fresno and Central Unified school districts. In addition, we will attempt to expand the Clovis Support and Intervention Program used by Clovis Unified, with the assistance of Cheryl Kurtze, the CSI District Coordinator. Teens Finding Answers will present these ideas with a Powerpoint Presentation to efficiently break down our policy proposal.

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