This is our challenge.
Half of all lifetime
cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Right now, 21% of children, ages 9 to
17, have a diagnosable mental disorder. But we’re not doing anything about it.
In any given year, 80% of children with mental illnesses remain unidentified
and untreated. And as a result, they drop out of schools. (50% of students age 14 and older
who have a mental illness drop out of high school.) They end up in jail. (65%
of boys and 75% of girls in juvenile detention have at least one mental
illness.) They commit suicide. (Suicide is the third leading cause
of death in young adults ages 15 to 24.)*
This is our mission.
Wrongly we think that mental illness is something to be ashamed of, to keep behind closed doors. We think that mental illness is a personal flaw, as opposed to what it actually is: a real, treatable medical condition. It's time once and for all to change our thinking. And it starts with kids. Through a nationwide awareness campaign coupled with a comprehensive educational program, The December Project’s mission is to reverse the trend that leaves so many children with mental illnesses unidentified and untreated. We believe that education will remove the stigma that keeps children from seeking help when they need it.
Let's get started.
The December Project is a start-up, 501c3 non-profit organization. We could use a hand in launching our mission to educate school kids about the facts of mental illness. The December Project is unique in its mission and focus on school-children.
For more information on volunteering for or donating to The December Project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contribute to the cause by signing our petition to expand mental health education in schools.
*All statistics sourced from the National Association on Mental Illness.