Students bring awareness to teen mental health and suicide
Hundreds of Denver Metro area Middle and High School Students to will participate in HOPEfull Drive between Jan. 21-Feb. 10. Students are teaming up to raise awareness about the epidemic of teen depression, anxiety, and suicide, and to bolster the need for mental health resources in our communities. During the HOPEfull Drive, students will share information with the community and have buckets for donations. Proceeds will benefit Robbie’s Hope Foundation.
Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation and is a leading cause of death for ages 10-18. Nationally, it is the second-leading cause of death between ages 12 and 18. A 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey showed that 17 percent of all participating middle and high school students reported considering suicide and 7 percent reported making one or more suicide attempts in the previous 12 months.
“There is currently a frightening epidemic of teen suicide, not only in Colorado but across our nation. The HOPEfull Drive engages teens in literally “driving” change by bringing awareness and fostering openness about the issues of teen depression, anxiety, and suicide,” Kari Eckert, Executive Director of Robbie’s Hope, said.
“By working collaboratively with teens to educate our community, we hope to foster dialogue to destigmatize depression, anxiety, and suicide and provide a path towards teaching our community how to start a discussion and save a life.” Eckert added that the HOPEfull Drive is a platform to drive awareness.
About Robbie’s Hope:
Robbie’s Hope Foundation is dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding teen depression, teen anxiety, and teen suicide. The Foundation is focused on youth-based, peer to peer interaction and grassroots advocacy by encouraging dialogue about mental health and suicide. Robbie’s Hope supports organizations that specialize in providing mental health therapy to teens and works with schools to develop mental health curriculum. It’s 501(c)(3) application is pending approval.
Colorado is 2019’s 5th most educated state
With BLS data showing a correlation between higher education levels, higher income and lower unemployment rates, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Educated States in America.
How educated is Colorado? (1=Most; 25=Avg.):
14th - percent of High-School Diploma Holders
1st - percent of Associate’s Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
2nd - percent of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
8th - percent of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
1st - Gender Gap in Educational Attainment
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