Help our Organization End Suicide And protect Boys 5-12

Help our Organization End Suicide And protect Boys 5-12

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Encourage Me I'm Young Inc. started this petition to President of Emiy Inc Calvin T Mann and

Help Protect Boys 5-12:

In 2017 while getting prepared for our Emiy National Respect Day we stumbled across this alarming statistic about black boys being number 1 in suicide and right next to it was white boys at number two. That is when we sounded the alarm. We then moved our message over to help prevent from committing suicide. Join us.

Encourage Me I’m Young (EMIY), a Detroit-based non-profit which has been working with youth since its creation in 2007, sees the effects that mental heath, suicide, violence and racism have on youth everyday. The organization’s goal is to positively impact youth and intervene in their lives with a message about their value, the value of their future and their family relationships. In the 13 years since its creation, EMIY has presented its message to more than 15,876 children and teens. EMIY offers in-school and community workshops, groups and programs which focus on boys aged 8-14 in order to help them develop into future servant leaders and logical decision makers in their families and communities.

Calvin Mann, founder of EMIY, and a man who understands on a very personal level what is means to help youth who are struggling, explains the increased challenges youth, particularly young men are facing these days. “This has been a time of upheaval for many young men. For some, the family home isn’t a safe space, school was their haven and that was taken away from them. The loss of jobs has impacted family finances. Parents and grandparents are worried about those challenges and those worries can impact the home environment. Youth also understand what is going on around the country. They see and hear about COVID-19 and about the injustices being carried out every day. They know there is so much uncertainly right now about our future. These are all stressing elements for youth. For those who were already struggling with defining their future and with mental health, these new stressors can be overwhelming. It’s imperative that we reach these young people before it’s too late. That’s why we’ve created Smash Suicide and reoriented our website to tackle issues of suicide prevention.” 

 EMIY launched a newly reoriented website which focuses on suicide prevention. Of particular concern to EMIY are Black boys age 5-12, who are at greater risk of suicide. Smash Suicide provides hands on tips for recognizing suicidal behaviors in youth. The site also provides intervention information and encouragement as well as community supports for youth facing mental health challenges. Please visit www.emiyworld.com to get involved. 

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