BENEFITING: LET'S ERASE THE STIGMA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
EVENT: ASICS LA Marathon 2013
EVENT DATE: Mar 17, 2013
On Sunday, March 17th, I am running 26.2 miles from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. For every mile, I'm hoping to raise $10 for youth struggling with mental illness.
Mental illness is prevalent, indiscriminate, widely misunderstood, often overlooked and heavily stigmatized. Everyday youth run for their lives, trying to keep a steady pace with a world that often overlooks them from the start.
Without the proper tools of communication, these kids may be lost in the cracks, saddled with fractured mental health. The lack of attention that youth are given to discuss their own personal mental health, to forcibly break the stigma created around issues that they deal with on a daily basis, can cause them to walk towards places that are dark, confining, and permanently destructive.
· Many mental illnesses first present during adolescence.
· Approximately 20% of youth have a diagnosable mental illness.
· Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults.
We should be supporting and teaching kids to run towards the health they want and the health they deserve, without judgement and fear. We should be teaching youth to race to live their lives to the fullest, not ending them before they have even begun.
I hope you will support my race on March 17th to reduce barriers for youth struggling with mental illness by sponsoring 1 mile of my run ($10) -- in return, I will dedicate that mile to you! Your support will help me cross the finish line.
Thank you! Dina
LETSRunLA Marathon 2013
"Mental health is just as important as physical health. You just need to take care of both."
The children and youth of LETS Educational Foundation are getting the word out about erasing the stigma of mental illness by reaching out to other young peers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and community centers.
If you are an adult who has ever marveled at the amazing ideas of a child, or if you are a young person who has ever felt you have something to say that can create a better world—then it's easy to see why LETS youth are the right people to change how we perceive mental illness, stigma, and tough topics.
Today more than ever, young people need a children's charity like LETS that helps to...
· Increase mental health literacy, leading students to demonstrate greater understanding and less stigmatized attitudes toward mental illness from a young age.
· Foster greater peer-to-peer Support, empowering young people to increase their comfort in discussing mental health concerns with their peers.
· Improve help-seeking behaviors, helping kids become more willing to seek mental health help and treatment when needed.