12 Days of Thriving

As we begin the final twelve days before Christmas, most of us are busy finding the perfect last-minute gifts, preparing for concerts and programs and parties, and looking forward to time with our families. But for so many families in our community, and particularly young adults, it can also be a profoundly difficult time, full of anxiety, grief, and stress. One organization in Fargo-Moorhead is working year-round to help students navigate growing up while dealing with mental health issues- including during the holidays.

In an effort to make sure these kids get the help that makes such a big difference to so many students and families, we’ve started a “Twelve Days of Thriving” campaign. Our goal is that that every day for twelve days, twelve people will donate twelve dollars toward providing key services through Imagine Thriving:

1. Mental Health Education to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness through greater awareness, understanding and education. The initiative provides community education about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and the steps individuals can take to increase their mental wellbeing.Vital to this initiative is Imagine Thriving Student Board, a group of dedicated, hard-working students from Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead high schools and colleges, to give presentations on mental health to other students, businesses and community organizations.

2. Student Wellness Facilitators (SWFs– mental health professionals), specially trained and designated school mental health personnel funded by Imagine Thriving donors who connect students and their parents/guardians to the appropriate mental healthcare provider and help ensure that struggling students have a strong network of care and support.

Imagine Thriving provided funding for pilot program in Fargo Public Schools, and continues to support programming in Moorhead Public Schools. Imagine Thriving worked with Sanford Health and the United Way of Cass Clay to begin programming in West Fargo Public Schools. Funds are currently being raised to expand SWF programming.

3. The Access to Care Fund which helps relieve financial costs associated with mental health care. The Student Wellness Facilitators are able to connect families with a financial need to this fund that helps with  expenses such as transportation to appointments, co-pays and prescriptions create a financial strain for families and can result in a child going without care.

What does your donation provide?

$12 will pay for a cab ride to get one student to and from an appointment (the most common barrier to receiving care)

$60 will pay for one prescription

$150 will pay for a student’s mental health care appointment

$300 pays for Imagine Thriving Student Clubs

$515 provides a year of mental health resources for a student

Other ways to help:
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Send cards of encouragement to students at the following address: PO BOX 10083 Fargo, ND 58106

It’s not easy to watch a child or teen struggle, especially when you aren’t sure “what’s wrong” or how to help. Please visit the Imagine Thriving Website for more information and a wealth of resources that may help you, a student in your life, or your family make sense of the many common mental health issues they may face.

Donations

  • Barbara LeDoux 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
  • Sherry Stewart 
    • $36 
    • 30 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 31 mos
  • Wylee Allen 
    • $12 
    • 31 mos
  • Anne Zimiga 
    • $24 
    • 31 mos
See all

Organizer

Tiffaney Holm 
Organizer
Harwood, ND
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