UMatter empowers teens to eliminate mental health stigmas and suicide through friendship and community. Activities are teen-led, guided by mental health experts and include community events, suicide prevention training, UMatter Weeks in schools and parent programs. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported that teen suicide has increased by 50% since 2009, making it the 2nd leading cause of death. UMatter’s goal is to save lives by preventing suicide, spreading awareness and helping teens discover their value and purpose in the world. UMatter connects to teens who battling depression, anxiety, food or other mental health struggles, and teach them that they possess inherent value. That their mere existence can make a difference in the lives of others, a difference unique solely to them.
UMatter in partnership with the Andrew Kukes Foundation has played a leading role in developing a peer-to-peer model helping teenagers overcoming mental health stigmas, challenges, and crises. Mental health and suicidal behavior is the biggest health issue facing our youth today. Your support of this program can strengthen UMatter’s programming and impact lives.
Your gift to Friendship Circle’s endowment fund is an investment in the future. One that makes an incredible difference in the lives of individuals with special needs, their families, and those struggling with isolation, addiction, and other related crises. Your gift will ensure Friendship Circle programs and facilities are available to serve the community today and in the future.