Hello Everyone, we are Project Tshav Ntuj and we need your help!
We want to see our Hmong community actively work together to reduce and eliminate suicide. We know this is a monumental task, but we are passionately commited to it. Far too many of our community members die by suicide each year, old and young. What's even more heartbreaking is that we are seeing more and more of our youth, our future, take their own lives.
Our approach is to utilize art and music as a medium to reach our people, to talk about suicide and depression, to destigmatize the concept of mental health and wellness, and to promote community partnership in this as a real issue that needs to be addressed.
Unfortunately, organzing, takes not only passion and effort, but financial resources. As a grassroots not-for profit organization, we are in need of funds in order to pursue this mission.
Immediate funding needs:
Our most immediate need is funding our Fall Virtual Event on November 6, 2020. This event will feature musicians and mental health professionals. Many muscians will share their story of mental health through music and personaal story. Our aim is to create a safe space to talk about suicide in our commuity and destigmatize mental health services and promote mental wellness.
Second, we are gearing up to provide free community training to anyone, about suicide awareness and readiness. We will adopt known and effective suicide prevention programming, into a Hmong cultural context.
Third, we will be producing media resources to support our mission.
Long Term Funding needs:
In addition to the 3 needs above, our financial need also goes to support organizational costs such as fees incurred for things like supplies, filling fees, banking, etc. All members of Project Tshav Ntuj are volunteers, however long term, we would like to have the capacity to hire staff to do this work full time and have funds to sustain long term growth.
We are asking for your partnership and financial support to accomplish all the above. Please spread the word, share, and help us to move on this difficult, but necessary task.
Below is a video recap of our first event held in the fall of 2019 at Washington Tech High school with over 700 in attendance!
Here is a short history of who we are and how our founders were personally affected to begin this work:
Project Tshav Ntuj is a grassroots initiative that was formed in July 2019 as a response to the suicide of a Hmong high school student. After this student’s death, his teacher (Ms. Pang Yang), his music instructor (Mr. Keng Yang), and his family knew they had to do something about suicide among Hmong youths. Ms. Yang’s call to action would eventually form Project Tshav Ntuj.
In the summer of 2019, a group of eighteen Hmong educators, clinicians, artists, and community members came together to address the mental health needs and the increasing suicides in the Hmong. The group collectively agreed there was an urgent need to tackle mental health and suicide concerns within the Hmong community. During that time, more Hmong youths lost their lives to suicide and the group felt an even greater more pressing responsibility to act. The name Project Tshav Ntuj was formally adopted and an event to focus on mental health through artistic expressions was initiated. Countless meetings and round-the-clock conversations were devoted to planning the event and establishing partners within the community.
Project Tshav Ntuj held its first event “Because Tomorrow Matters” in November 2019 at Washington Tech High School. The event received an overwhelming positive response from the community, with over 700 people in attendance. Project Tshav Ntuj’s event was viewed as a success in its ability to create and stimulate dialogues around mental health and suicide. This event also received public coverage, including a story on Minnesota Public Radio. Because of the wide reach of the event, Project Tshav Ntuj has been and continues to be sought out as a resource for mental health, both locally and nationally.
The response from the community about Project Tshav Ntuj’s work sends a clear and strong message: Mental health is important and we need to do more. The mission of Project Tshav Ntuj remains “to prevent suicide and promote mental health in the Hmong community.”
The members of Project Tshav Ntuj are incredibly thankful to the many artists, professionals, and community members who have been strong supporters. We look forward to continuing this extremely important work with current and future partners.
We hope to see you all at our future events and training sessions! Be well.
- Payingchia Moua
- Daechia Yang
- Bao Moua
- Peng Roden Her