Bring Groups to Our High Schools!

$505 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 61 months
What's Up? Wellness Checkups is a suicide prevention program being offered at Nevada County high schools to screen the emotional health of teens, then support their connection to mental health & wellness services in the community. These one-time, free and confidential screens are being offered in all of the NJUHSD & TTUSD high schools and Forest Charter. From Spring 2013 through Spring 2018 we have screened 1736 students, almost a third of whom were struggling with significant mental health symptoms. We helped connect 387 of those students and their families with community services to help support their emotional health. We are now screening through the 2018-19 school year, with a focus on screening 9th graders, but all grades are offered the screen upon parent request.  

We have secured screening volunteers for our program. This will help immensely.  We are continuing our mindfulness skills groups, a poetry for self expression group, boys groups, a music support workshop and a movement/somatic group. 

We are seeing more and more need in our schools for groups to support teens who are struggling, and we need support to continue funding these groups. We recently have seen the need for more groups at all sites and a Spanish speaking support group for NU students new to the country and are hoping to make both of these happen. 

We are raising funds for two areas of need:

1) To pay for our group faciliatators insurance, stipends and other costs for groups in the schools. We would like to expand our group offerings to meet the needs of more schools. 

2) A scholarship/subsidy base to award to teens in need of support that come from families with extremely limited funds and who could not otherwise qualify for health insurance. Funds will be utilized toward therapy, groups or emergency services, and for our program to offer continued support for families in navigating these connections. Families who request funding will be responsible for a portion of their cost, but our raised monies will help offset the rest, hopefully leading to a more successful long term therapeutic connection. To qualify families provide us with a description of their need, as well as a demonstrated commitment to ongoing treatment for their teen.

We do have a local nonprofit, NAMI of Nevada County, who has stepped in as our financial "go-between," meaning that donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! Good news for those of you who would like to write them off on taxes.

For more information on our emotional health screening program or to download a consent packet to have your teen screened:

Thanks for caring about the emotional health of our youth!

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We have officially kicked off our 2015-2016 school year screening. We have two fantastic new volunteers Ellen MacDonald and Lauren Satterlee, who have jumped right in! We also have 2 fabulous group facilitators for our mindfulness and boys groups: Lina Hjord and Jose Gamino. We appreciate your energy as we ramp up our gofundme efforts this month to raise funds, very frankly, to cover the liability insurances for our new help. Remember, every little bit counts! Stay tuned...
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Join us on tax day for our Matteos dinner from 5-8pm. Wednesday, April 15th-tell your friends to come on out as they will donate 15% of all proceeds to the program. All there is to do is EAT!
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Amazing local artist Paul Honatke has offered a digital print on canvas of his piece "While You Were Away" to any donor at the $150. level! Check it out, how sweet it is...
While You Were Away, by Paul Honatke
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Hi folks! We are moving right along with our screening this year. We will be kicking our fundraising efforts into high gear in April as we try to raise funds to finish screening all of the students who we have on our list to screen! With your help, we can do so before the school year ends. Thanks again for your support.
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$505 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 61 months
Created October 13, 2013
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Galen Ellis
44 months ago

Love you and love what you do for our teens!!!

44 months ago
eleanor intrator
47 months ago

Dear Carolina, Sorry this is so late. I kept remembering to do this and then forgetting. It is wonderful to support good people and good causes. Much love to you and the family, Eleanor & Edmond

Elayne Klasson
48 months ago

In respect for work Karolina Hjord and others do.

49 months ago
Lily Foster
49 months ago

"Our youth are not failing the system; the system is failing our youth. Ironically, the very youth who are being treated the worst are the young people who are going to lead us out of this nightmare." - Rachel Jackson

Jan Schwartz
49 months ago

Glad to support Lina in your excellent work!

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