Fundraiser to Support NAMI Ending the Silence Program for Middle and High Schooler Education for Suicide Prevention
Hanover, MD – This week, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), and its Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation (PATCH), launched a new fundraising campaign to support NAMI Ending the Silence. This program was developed and is instituted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in middle and high schools throughout the country to help students understand mental illness and its toll on children and adults alike, as well as teach them the warning signs to prevent suicide among their peers.
According to NAMI:
- 1 in 5 kids experiences a mental health condition; only 20% of them actually get help
- About 50% of students ages 14+ with a mental health condition will drop out of school
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds
- The earlier the better: early identification and intervention provides better outcomes
The PATCH Foundation was founded in 2001 by the IUPAT with the mission to help children in need throughout North America and beyond. Since then, the Foundation has given over $1 million to organizations across the United States and Canada supporting everything from education and medical care to youth athletics.